Week of September 23 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Romans 3:21-26

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Reflect: What does verse 21 tell us God has provided for all people? As you look back at the previous few verses in Romans 3, why is what God has provided so crucial? Which testimonies of the biblical prophets stand out to you the most and why?

Consider: Being witnessed (μαρτυρουμένη). Borne witness to; attested. The present participle indicates that this testimony is now being borne by the Old Testament to the new dispensation.[1]

Respond: “Justify” is a legal term meaning God declares the sinner not guilty. How does being declared not guilty impact your future? How does it impact you today?

[1] Marvin Richardson Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, vol. 3 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887), 41.