Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be JUST, and the JUSTIFIER of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
One of the most important truths of the Bible is the justification of the person who puts their faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:26). Any sinner who believes in Jesus death and resurrection is “… justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth (displayed publicly) to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God. To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be JUST, and the JUSTIFIER of him which believeth in Jesus Romans 3:24-26.” A justified person is declared innocent, acquitted of any wrong doing, and treated as if he has never sinned.
Since God is a just God the sinner’s justification must be accomplished in perfect harmony with God’s holiness, righteousness, and justice. He cannot break His own standards or compromise His Holy nature in the way He provides justification. Every requirement of the law must be satisfied and the holy character of God satisfied. He cannot break the rules of His own laws in redeeming man.
The Law required complete obedience to its principles and the complete subjection to its penalty when it is broken. How in the world can anyone possibly meet this condition since mankind in his fallen state will sin and fall short of God’s high holy standard? The only way is if God will provide what man cannot do by his own work or merits. By the grace of God this was how He would do it:
By sending His Son born under the law (Galatians 4:4), who in perfect obedience to keep the Law, and then became obedient unto death (Philippians 2:8) to pay the penalty.
Jesus Christ would come and bare the curse of the law in the sinner’s place and therefore make the appeasing sacrifice for the sinner (Romans 3:25). His substitutionary sacrifice would bring justification for all who would believe.
The devil thought he had enslaved the human race through Adam in a one for all and all for one fall into sin and spiritual death. God’s work through the One man Christ Jesus, though, was greater than satans’ work in Adam. On the basis of Jesus’ perfect obedience and the complete work of Jesus in man’s redemption, God imputes the righteousness of Jesus to any sinner who believes in Him. This is totally aside from any work on a sinners part as God provides perfect righteousness to a believer’s account. What a gift!