Summary: Romans 3:21-31
Righteousness Through Faith
(21)But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. (22)This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, (23)for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24)and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (25)God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— (26)he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
(27)Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. (28)For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. (29)Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, (30)since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. (31)Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Question – Does every person who believes in Christ gain the righteousness that will get them salvation? NO.
(21)But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. (22)This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
“Righteousness from God comes through faith and belief in Jesus Christ”
We read in the bible about the devil tempting Jesus while in the desert. I think it is pretty clear that the devil believed that Christ was for real. Did the devil gain salvation through that belief? No! Why?
Because you have to have not just belief but FAITH in Christ also, faith in who He is, faith in what He stands for, faith in that what He did on the cross was for us and faith in what He asks of us.
Faith is a powerful thing, especially when it is strong faith. The type of faith that gains you your salvation must be strong and true. You must be sure in your faith in Christ and what He has done for you. Your faith must be a life changing faith.
Some say that God is a loving God and everyone goes to heaven. Well they have the first half right, God is a loving God and it does not make Him happy to send those that do not come to faith to hell.
23Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, 24"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ’Sir, open the door for us.’ "But he will answer, ’I don’t know you or where you come from.’
So my question to you is this, how strong is your faith? How strong is your faith? Well Jesus gives us a parable that I think works well with this question.