The Book of Romans is an interesting and foundational book to study. It may not be popular but its truths forever ring in our minds as we read it. The book begins loudly claiming that man is unrighteous and in need of a savior. Each person knows that there is a God and are without excuse when they stand before Him (1:20).
Paul continues to build his argument throughout the book showing that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (3:23). Mankind is unable to do enough good works to get them in a right relationship with God. The only way one can be placed in a right relationship with God (fancy word called justification) is through faith in Jesus Christ (3:22ff). This isn’t a new doctrine either: even in the Old Testament justification is evident as Paul quotes Genesis 15:6.
For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Romans 4:2-3
Justification and righteousness only comes through believing in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross and not through our works.
But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, Romans 4:5
What a freeing truth to hear! You become righteous, because of Christ. To focus is now on Christ and not us.
God is shown here as being impartial to each person. Each person is treated the same: All are without excuse, All are unrighteous, and All need a savior. Knowing that man-kind needed a savior and were unable to save themselves; God sent His son Jesus to die for man-kinds sins even while they were yet opposing God (5:8). All one has to do is believe or have faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:22-23
Everyone will stand before God and give account of their life. Each one is equal before God: all are without excuse, all have fallen short of God’s righteous standard and all are in need of a savior. Belief in Jesus Christ is the only way to be placed in a right relationship with God.
I want to encourage you if you are striving and working to be a good enough person to earn God’s favor. The Book of Romans is clear; you are unable to be ‘good enough’ to reach God’s holy standard. You have a loving savior who is reaching out to you and waiting to place you in a right relationship with Himself. Let Jesus do the work for you.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6