Romans 3: 21- 31
Justified is a legal term, it means to pronounce ‘not guilty‘. To put it in simple language, it means the Act of God in removing the guilt and the penalty of sin from the sinner who places their Faith in the Lord Jesus as Saviour. We are born guilty because we are born with a Sin Nature. I’m sorry if you did know that.
The Sin Nature is the result of the Fall in Genesis 3: 1- 7. You might be thinking that this is wrong, you weren’t in the garden. Okay, don’t lie not even a little white lie. See, Adam & Eve represented the entirety of the Human Race, Romans 5: 12- 14; giving half the chance we would do it our way. ‘It’s your thang do what you wanna do, I can’t tell you who to sock it to.’ Right? Psalms 51: 5, “Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”(KJV) This is a hard pill to swallow, iniquity is your little sins that you keep from everybody and sin is disobedience to the law or missing the mark, coming up short of God‘s Righteousness, Romans 3: 23.
All of us were born in Adam, Ephesians 2: 1- 3 but once we made Jesus the Lord of our life, 4- 7. The Holy Spirit takes us out of Adam and Sin Nature and places us in Christ and the Divine Nature, Romans 6: 3- 14. Our Sin Nature is laid dormant. Why? So that we will stay in Christ and not try and tackle the world in our own power. The Power of God is only with us as long as we stay ‘in Christ‘.
Romans 3: 21, “But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witness by the Law and the Prophets,”(NASB)
The Righteousness of God is a part from the Law means the law or works can not make us righteous. The Law has no power to make us right or just, it can only say what we have done wrong, Romans 3: 20b. We have seen the righteousness of God as shadows and types in the Old Testament. Habakkuk 2: 4 and Genesis 15: 6 showed us how the just shall live by faith and the belief of that faith is accounted to us for righteousness. Our faith must be in Christ & Him Crucified.
In the Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 15, verse six tells us Abraham believed in the LORD and it was accounted to him for righteousness. This encounter with the LORD God was before Abraham was circumcised and four hundred years before the Law was given to the Children of Israel. So this takes us out of the mind state that doing the works will make us righteous and just in the Eyes of God. We are called to believe in the Finished Work of the Cross because this and only this is God’s Plan of Salvation Redemption.
Genesis 3: 15, is the first mentioning of a Redeemer. God even showed how the Redeemer would cover the sins of the guilty, verse 21. Every lamb, ram, bullock, turtledove, and goat pointed to the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus.