All of us what?
Have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Yep every last one of us.
That’s Romans 3:23
We were all born with a sin nature and have a problem on our hands.
On our own, we have missed the mark of perfection.
But thankfully that is not the end of the story.
Romans 3:24 goes on to say, ‘being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.’
Now that’s the good part.
Jesus paid the price for our sin and His sacrifice was PERFECT.
God accepted His sacrifice (His death on the cross for us).
So now we are justified.
How do I understand justified?
Some have described it as, “just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned”.
Yep, that’s now the way God the Father looks at us.
We are pure and acceptable before Him.
Well that is all based on God’s grace towards us.
There is nothing we can do to earn salvation, no price we can pay, nothing we can do to earn ‘brownie points’ to achieve our own salvation. Remember the word ‘all’ above.
God provided for our salvation by His grace – His unearned, undeserved favor towards us.
Now that is wonderful news; news that ought to bring great peace of mind to us. News that ought to help us sleep tonight!