Summary: How Redemption Works Through Righteousness (Rom. 3:21-26)
How Redemption Works Through Righteousness (Rom. 3:21-26)
Illustration:Faith is not merely your holding on to God--it is God holding on to you. He will not let you go!
E. Stanley Jones.
1. Have you ever stopped to contemplate how redemption works through Christ’s righteousness?
Redemption is a buying back from judgment. It is a rescuing and recovery from being lost. It is being released from the penalty of sin.
Most people love to hear of a great report of how someone has been redeemed from disaster. Hollywood has made money for years telling stories of redemption through hard work, luck or human virtuosity.
Illustration: The classic story of Rocky Balboa, the washed up fighter who pulls himself up by his own boot-straps to become the heavyweight champion of the world produced three successful sequels. At a time when Rocky is down on his luck he gets a call from the undefeated Apollo Creed to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world – something of a publicity stunt. Instead of disgracing himself, Rocky nearly pulls off an upset, but redeems himself and his marriage in the process. In 1976 it won the top award as best picture for being a classic human-interest story of man-made redemption. Slyvester Stalone has made a career out of making this man engineered redemption characters.
In contrast, Paul teaches the Romans how redemption works through the righteousness that is found in Christ.
True redemption starts from God’s purposes to rescue man from the destruction of sin, death and eternal judgment through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.
There have been thousands of alternative redemption plans offered to the human race, but none satisfies God’s standards except through Christ’s recovery solution.
Only when people learn to proclaim redemption through Christ righteousness will they learn to be fully satisfied.
Ask the Lord to help you to contrast the human engineered plans of redemption with the one given in Christ.
2. Paul teaches the Romans that the foundation of redemption is found in Christ’s grace. Romans 3:24 states, "All are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy at Christ’s expense) through the redemption which is provided in Christ Jesus."
Paul emphasizes that only when the gift is received does the propitiation take place. (To cause one to become favorably inclined or to regain the good will of God through Christ’s sacrifice)
You and I know of many people who are aware of this free gift, but have never reached out with their whole heart, soul and mind to personally receive it.
A person can acknowledge that they rationally understand redemption as an ideal concept, but it only becomes actuated when we personally trust Christ to come in to our life as our Lord and Savior.
Just as a person can acknowledge that there is a chair in front of them, but only finds rest when they place their entire weight on it for support.
Approximately 86% of the world’s people are yet to receive Christ’s free gift of redemption and grace for numerous reasons.