REDEMPTION IN CHRIST
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
The righteousness of God is brought to light. Is made known or made visible.
It is witnessed by the law.
The law obeyed shows the righteousness of God.
The prophets witness to the righteousness of God.
22 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:
God’s righteousness is the standard here. Not what men may think but God’s righteousness.
What can bring such righteousness?
Faith of Jesus Christ. That is that faith which has Jesus Christ as it object.
The complete reliance upon Him to meet our needs as we seek to please God with our life.
It is not what we are doing as much as what Jesus did when it come to salvation.
It is unto and upon all who will believe.
It reaches to all and will work upon all who will accept it.
All can hear and all who believe can be saved.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Because all have sinned all need redemption.
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
One may be justified freely by His grace.
It is God’s grace that opens the door to salvation.
We do not deserve redemption; it is only by the grace- undeserving compassion which God shows toward man- that we have a chance to be redeemed.
God has extended His grace by offering His own Son a sacrifice for our sin.
I. REDEMPTION COMES BY FAITH
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;
A. Faith in Jesus Christ
1. The propitiation
It is Christ who took the wrath of God and therefore rendered justice helpless to meet out its punishment to those who will believe.
Christ bore our sins and the punishment of them.
1 Peter 2:24
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Therefore, with justice satisfied, God is brought back into favor with man.
2. Whose blood brings redemption.
Faith in His blood saves.
11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
1 Pet 1:18-19
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
I Jn 1:7
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
The blood of a child is said to come through the line of the father.
Jesus blood came from God. It was untainted by sin. It was pure.
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
God is just in accepting the blood of Christ for the remission of sin.
For Christ is innocent. And Christ chose to die for mankind.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
The law of faith therefore has no element of boasting. For we are all saved by the blood of Christ and not our own deeds.
No one can boast.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
II. REDEMPTION IS OFFERED TO ALL
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
There is not a God of the jew and a separate God for the Gentiles.
There is one God.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
There is and can be only one plan for redemption.
III. REDEMPTION ESTABLISHED THE LAW
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
A. Grace does not void the law
Because God in His mercy chose to extend His grace to man, one may conclude that the law is now void.
This is far from the truth. Everything laid down in the law is what God wants from His people.
The law is the standard of perfection which we are all striving to accomplish.
It shows us the perfection from which we have fallen short.
B. We establish the law.
In the day of grace, we have not thrown the law away as if it no longer pertained to us.
We by grace place the law in its proper place. Seeing the law was for a different dispensation.
The blood sacrifices are no longer necessary the rituals of the Israelite do not pertain to the Gentile, but we learn the lessons that they teach.
By grace we establish the proper meaning of the law as it pertains to us individually.