In January and February, we are doing an 8-week study in Romans, with daily readings, journaling using the SOAP method (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab), an example SOAP note, and the opportunity to share or ask questions in our Comments section on the bottom of each daily post.
The book of Romans was written by Paul, likely between AD 55 and 59. Though he hadn’t visited the Roman church, God gave him insight that this church would be key to the spreading of Christianity. So, Paul spelled out the basic foundations of Christianity in this book, for his Roman audience as well as for us today to learn and remember why we believe what we believe.
Reading: Romans 3:21-26
Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Our Propitiation | Kathy Page
Only God treats all sin alike. God’s justice must be vindicated. The penalty for breaking His laws must be satisfied. Death is that penalty which God ‘s justice demands. It will accept no other. As guilty lawbreakers, we cannot do anything to correct our wrong. Because God loves us, He wants to declare us forgiven and free from the penalty of our sin. It was God, out of His incomprehensible love for us, who provided propitiation – appeasement for the wrath of God, and that was done through the blood of Jesus, His Son, our Savior.
Propitiation, a powerful word! Appeasement for the wrath of God! What a beautiful picture of the blood of Jesus which was offered for us. In Exodus and Leviticus we see the Mercy Seat was the golden lid placed on top of the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. It was in the Holy of Holies that the High Priest would once a year enter and sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat – thereby appeasing the wrath of God for that year. This Mercy Seat pointed ahead to Jesus who is the true propitiatory sacrifice. Jesus sprinkled His own blood on the true mercy seat in heaven – the throne of grace, and because His sacrifice was perfect and complete, we who are in Christ have perfect standing before God. We have been justified by the blood of the Lamb!
When God justified you and me, He declared that we have been forgiven of all our sins. When God looks at us now, He no longer sees a heart blackened by and dead in sin, but He sees the blood of His Son has cleansed our hearts and washed us whiter than snow. The Righteousness of His Son has been placed upon us for our cloak of sin.
To believe in Jesus is to trust that His death on Calvary was for you and me. He took upon Himself our sin and His Father’s wrath. He became our propitiation before His Father and satisfied God’s demand for justice which required death. When we repent and place our faith in Him, we no longer feel the sting of death, but the victory of life everlasting!
Father, thank You for sending Jesus to be the atoning sacrifice for my sin. Because of Jesus, our Propitiation, we are no longer separated from You for eternity, but we are now reconciled to You and we will no longer fear death, for we know through Jesus, the victory is ours! In Your Name, AMEN!
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