Bridge the Righteousness Gap


We cannot boast about our own actions or good deeds or the balance of the scales when Jesus is involved. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for our sin. If we boast in the flesh based on our goodness, we take away from the gift of God in Jesus. He covered us all…

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.

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
Romans 3:23-28

God’s action relating to our sin is an act of justice. We experience the gospel as an act of ultimate mercy and grace, yet as Paul explains the detail to us, we see that God did this to deal with the sins of the past and of the present.

God showed forbearance toward the sins which had been committed and left unpunished. In the death of Jesus, he provided a sacrifice for the atonement of those sins. Jesus’ sacrifice also covered the sins of those who put their faith in Jesus today. God’s justice was revealed in both: first for the Jew and then for the Gentile, which means that God’s act of justice puts us together as one as we relate to him in faith through Christ Jesus.

This explanation Paul gives is part of the fuller explanation of our righteousness. We think we are righteous, or that our righteousness can be achieved by our human effort and works. God is clear with us that we are unrighteous, and our righteousness comes apart from observing or fulfilling anything to do with law or commands.

In other words, there is no room for boasting about our own actions or good deeds or the balance of the scales when Jesus is involved. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for our sin, set apart for this purpose before the creation of the world. If we boast in the flesh based on our goodness, we take away from the gift of God in Jesus. He covered us all.

Where is your confidence and your faith? Apart from Jesus, it is in the wrong place. Self-confidence is going to leave us short of God’s glory. Only in Jesus can we bridge the gap between our sinful predicament and God’s perfect holiness and glory.

Bridge the gap in Jesus today…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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