The Book of Romans – We are Free

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“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Romans 3:23-24

All men need to be saved. There is no difference between the Jews and the Gentiles. We are all the same when it comes to sin. God declared everyone guilty so that He might offer everyone His free gift of salvation. God has two kinds of attributes: absolute (what He is in Himself) and relative (how He relates to the world and men). One of His absolute attributes is love, “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8) When God relates that love to you and me, it becomes grace and mercy, God in His mercy does not give us what we do deserve, and God in grace gives us what we do not deserve. The word freely in this scripture means without a cause. We are justified without a cause. There is no cause in us that would merit the salvation of God. It is all about grace. Paul does not say that there are degrees of wickedness, but we are all under the guilt of sin. We have all come short of the standard that God has given us in His law. Just how do we fall short of God’s glory? We fail to give God the glory due Him, in our words, thoughts and actions. We fail to qualify for, and thereby reject the glory and rewards that God gives faithful servants. We fail to properly reflect God’s glory by refusing to be conformed into His image. We fail to obtain the final glory God will give to His people at the end of history. Because of God’s love we can be free from sin. “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So, if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (John 8:34-36)

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