Romans 3:21–3:31 (ESV)
The Righteousness of God Through Faith
21 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.
Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles
also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Here is a nagging question that many often ponder. If “all have sinned and fall shortof the glory of God,” then how can I be saved? Humans are wired together to think that we are in control of our destiny and
we want to earn our way to heaven or God’s approval. But if we are all sinners, then there is no hope! Ahhhhh! But there is! You see, we do not get into heaven based on our righteousness, but on Christ’s righteousness. In
the Lutheran Church (LCMS), most pastor wear the traditional black pants, black clerical shirt with a white tab over the voice box, and a white robe called an alb. This may be boring, or even considered showy to some non-Lutherans, but there is a lot
of meaning. First of all, I am dressed in all black which represents that I am a sinful man and with my sinful righteousness. The white tab over the voice box represents that I am speaking for God (white being a sign of purity). This symbolizes
that I am a sinful man working for God. Now, the white robe (alb) is worn over the black and it symbolizes Christ’s righteousness. Because of the faith that God has given me, I am now seen by God with Christ’s righteousness, not the
black. I am saved by Christ’s righteousness, not mine. We receive Jesus righteousness through faith. It is a gift from God. Getting into heaven does not come from within, but from outside ourselves... it comes from God!
He gave us faith, Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and through faith... he clothes us with his righteousness.
I pray: O Lord, I give thanks for the faith you have given me. I give thanks
for all that Jesus has done for me. I give thanks that you forgive me and restore me. I give thanks for Christ’s righteousness, and to be restored into the kingdom of heaven. Amen.