How Much Did Jesus Pay?
Eternal God, I praise You for Your great wisdom and everlasting goodness. Receive my thanks and praise today.
Read Romans 3:9-31
 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;  there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”  “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”  “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”  “Their feet are swift to shed blood;  ruin and misery mark their ways,  and the way of peace they do not know.”  “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.  But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  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-  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.  Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.  For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.  Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,  since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.  Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectHow does one become righteous in God's eyes?
Verses 9-20 contain very sobering truths indeed. To fully grasp the wonder of salvation in Jesus, we must first agree that we are utterly enslaved by sin (9). This is unfashionable talk even for most Christians but, to judge by Paul’s graphic language, it is a mistake to soften the tone into the idea that we are just not very nice people. The images are taken from the Psalms (5:9; 14:1; 140:3; 36:1-4) and range through vipers, blood, ruin and misery to present a graphic picture of human depravity. What joy, then, to read of the essence of our faith in vs. 21-26! At first, v. 21 seems to be in complete contradiction to yesterday’s reading. Surely, we said, a righteous person is one who keeps the law; yet, here we have a righteousness from God “apart from the law.” How can it be so? The only answer to this (and every one of life’s vital questions) has to be through faith in Jesus Christ. God sacrificed his Son, who was willing to die for us. Because Jesus paid the terrible debt we owed to God, we can stand before the Lord himself, through our personal faith in Jesus.
Ask God to show you more today about what it means for you to have faith in Jesus Christ.
Merciful, gracious Lord, I’m so grateful for the righteousness that Jesus gives me so that I can stand before You.