We are, as you know, looking at the book of Romans and tonight we come in to chapter 3 at verse 21...Romans chapter 3 verse 21. Let me read verses 21 through the first part of verse 25...Romans 3:21 to 25, at least the first part of verse 25.
"But now, apart from the Law, the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the prophets. 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. Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith."
Now as we approach this, a little bit of an introduction. Job, that very early book, no doubt describing a man who lived in the patriarchal period, the period of the Pentateuch, Job that righteous man, that man who was commended by God for his faith, asked the most important question that any person could ever ask. It is posed in chapter 9 of Job and verse 2. And this is the question that Job asked, "How can a man be right with God?" That is the most compelling question. How can a man be right, or be in the right before God?
And then he goes on to show why this is such a dilemma. Verse 3, "If one wished to dispute with him, he could not answer him once in a thousand times...wise in heart and mighty in strength, who has defied Him without harm? It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how. When He overturns them in His anger, who shakes the earth out of its place and its pillars tremble, who commands the sun not to shine and sets a seal on the stars, who alone stretches out the heavens and tramples down the waves of the sea; who makes the bear, Orion and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south ; who does great things, unfathomable, and wondrous works without number. Were He to pass by me, I wouldn't see Him. Were He to move past me, I wouldn't perceive Him. Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are You doing?' God will not turn back His anger. Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab. How then can I answer Him and choose my words before Him? For though I were right, I could not answer. I would have to employ the mercy of my judge. If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice, for He bruises me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause. He will not allow me to get my breath, but saturates me with bitterness. If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him? Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty."...