The Apostle Paul said while being a Jew has many advantages yet God will not overlook sin. In no way you’ll be better than others through ungodliness, sin or unbelief. “….No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:9-10.
Why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?” Romans 3:7
It is just not you, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away,” Isaiah 64:6. All mankind are sinners before God.
As is it written; none is righteous, none understands, none fears God, none seeks God, we all have turned aside unto lies, cursing and bitterness. “Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known” (Romans 3:16-17 ).
The oracles of God gives us all the necessary advantages for obtaining salvation, however, doing what God requires is key towards a successful walk with God, “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified,” Romans 2:13. Our inability to keep his ordinances renders it impossible.
Are Christians any better?
No, where no fear of God is. No good is to be looked for either. Colossians 3:25 says, “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” If you sow corruption, you’ll reap corruption too.
The Apostle says,
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:21-24
The righteousness of God
The righteousness of God, i.e., the grace of God; is justification through faith in the redemption in Christ Jesus. This righteousness of God is revealed/manifested, and has two witnesses; the law and the prophets, “even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.” Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law, we fulfill the law.
This righteousness; God has ordained, has provided, and has accepted; “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…” Romans 3:22. Righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ comes freely unto us.
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 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.” Romans 3:24-25
Christ bought it, and paid the price for it and God was satisfied. Faith should’ve special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement for us. “…Christ Jesus: 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; 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. God, in all this, declares his righteousness. It is plain that He hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it, not even the law, prophets, angels or our own ways.
The two witnesses; the law and the prophets, bear witness to God’s own plan of Salvation, just as Jesus said, “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Luke 7:23.
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify ….by faith, and … through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:28-31
What is propitiation?
I always say to understand better the importance of Salvation, we must think about four words: Propitiation, Substitution, Atonement, and Redemption. These words are key for they point us to the cross and the meaning of Christ’s death as is taught in the Bible.
Anyway, propitiation means the turning away of wrath by an offering. The Lord Jesus Christ bore the punishment for our sins, and when on the cross He offered Himself as a sacrifice to God. God no longer has to be angry with sinners or mankind. He now shows Himself as a merciful God.
Now God can save man only because of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.