Well, as you know, we are enjoying a look at the wonderful center section, as it were, the heart of Paul's great epistle to the Romans. This, of course, is the definitive text of the New Testament on the subject of justification and salvation and therefore it is one in which we must be familiar. This section runs, really, from chapter 3 to chapter 5 and then in chapter 6 moves in to the issues of sanctification that are inseparably connected to justification. But for us, we're looking at chapters 3, 4 and 5.
Let me take you back to chapter 3 verses 21 through the first part of verse 25, to set in place the issue at hand. Verse 21, "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 or satisfaction in His blood through faith."
Now just looking back at that, apart from the Law, verse 21, through faith for all who believe, verse 22. Verse 24, "Being justified as a gift by His grace." Verse 25, "God publicly displays Christ as a satisfaction in His blood through faith." Again, this is the core statement by Paul that a man or a woman is made right with God by grace through faith, not works....