Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
We have all sinned according to Romans 3:23, therefore, anybody cannot plead innocent before the judgment of God. There is too much evidence against us, which guarantees a safe conviction. And the sentence is duly established in Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death. Therefore, just something that comes out of us save us from the death penalty. That’s where the grace that Paul shows us in Romans 3:24-26 comes. Grace is what justifies us; there is no other way to do it.
The first to Romans 3:24-26 is: Being justified freely by His grace. What is free is a gift. The seventeenth century English preacher William Secker said: “He who does not take the sky as a gift; he will have hell as debt.” Another English preacher of that century, William Jenkyn (1613-1685) said: “Grace is not a native but a donation.” Both agree that grace is a gift, a donation from God.
Then Romans 3:24-26 says: through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Grace was only possible because Jesus Christ was put in the place which should be every sinner. The English preacher Thomas Brooks (1608-1680) said: “The true grace will enable a man to pass over the crown of the world to take up the cross of Christ; to prefer the Cross of Christ above the glory of this world.”
Let’s see how we can express what grace means in simple terms. Every man and woman has sinned enough to deserve the death penalty as a punishment in the judgment of God. Let’s imagine that our judgment day arrived and we are in the dock in the court of God. The prosecutor read us each and every one of our transgressions of God’s law. According to Romans 6:23, our conviction is death and just judge, God, should dictate the sentence.
In applying justice, the death penalty is the appropriate sentence for our sins. When the angel court clerk will read the death sentence against us, Jesus comes and says that He will take our place. The Lord says that He is willing to die rather than each of the sinners of this world. He said he understood that the wages of sin is death and that for anyone should die for their sins, He is going to die in the name of all.
To hear from the Lord their willingness to die for each of us, our mind should go into the time He was crucified. All that Jesus suffered on the cross was for the sole purpose of preventing any repentant sinner was executed to pay for his or her sins. That is grace! For us it is free; but the price of our salvation was very high: all the blood of Jesus!
The American pastor Jerry Cross said: “The more we learn to see the depth of our sin, we see the depth of God’s grace.” Our justification by grace is undeserved, only the love of God has been able to design a salvation plan like this. Give your heart to Christ is nothing compared to what He has done for you already. God bless you.