Romans

Justification, Redemption and Propitiation

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. (ESV)

Martin Luther claimed that this section was “the chief point, and the very central place of the Epistle, and of the whole Bible.”
That may be overstated, but it does point out how signification this section is.

Paul transition form the problem of sin, which affects all mankind, to the possibility and promise of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

While some have seen from 5 to 13 different metaphors in Scripture to explain what was accomplished for us by Christ on the cross–the process, provision and pattern of salvation–in this one short passage Paul covers three primary concepts.

These three concepts help us understand some of the wonder, beauty, depth, breath and fullness of our salvation.

Justification

Court Room Language

declared righteous in Christ

Redemption

Market Place Language

purchased through exchange of Christ

Propitiation

Temple Language

atoning sacrifice satisfying God’s holiness by Christ’s blood

What wonderful truths. Leads to WOW! Wonder of Wonders.
Praise the Lord for His so great salvation.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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