Romans: Day 8

Faith Upholds the Law

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Today's Text: Romans 3:21-31, Ephesians 1:7-10, Colossians 1:13-14

Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21-31, Ephesians 1:7-10, Colossians 1:13-14

I love a good “before and after.”

Whether it’s watching the last ten minutes of an episode of HGTV’s Fixer Upper or following a designer’s Instagram feed, I just can’t get enough of those visual transformations. Give me all the before-and-after shots of your kitchen, bathroom, closet—even your hair!—magically morphed from cluttered to clean. I never, ever tire of them.

Reading Romans 3:21-31 reminds me of my makeover obsession. These verses are all about our “after”—who we are because of God’s grace “by the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (v.24). The power of this passage lies in its contrast to the one before it. What would an “after” photo be if we never saw the “before”?

A beautiful kitchen is a beautiful kitchen. But when we see that kitchen as it once was—dated tile, linoleum floors, and missing cabinet doors—compared to its transformed state of marble countertops and hardwood floors, we appreciate its newness and beauty that much more.

So let’s back up to Romans 3:20, our “before” shot that says, “For no one will be justified in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.” That’s bad news for us. It means all the good stuff we did last week, all the good deeds and hard work—it’s all meaningless in itself.

But…

But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets. The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
- Romans 3:21-22

This, friends, is the good news! No, we are not justified by the law, but we are justified in Christ.

God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
- Romans 3:25-26

Now, imagine knowing this good news with no understanding of the bad news that preceded it. Imagine seeing the “after” without seeing the “before.” It wouldn’t really be good news then, would it? In light of the bad news, the promise found in verses 25-26 is that much brighter, more hopeful. The contrast is everything.

Our before is not a pretty picture. It is devoid of God and, therefore, full of despair. As Paul quoted the Hebrew scriptures, “all have turned away…ruin and wretchedness are in their paths” (Romans 3:12,16).

But…

This passage today is our after. The ones who have faith in Jesus are righteous. Not the ones who do the most, achieve the most, or follow the letter of the law the best. Unlike those HGTV makeovers, it’s not the amount of work we put in that brings us from before to after; it’s Christ’s work on the cross that transforms us. He, and He alone, declares us righteous before the one true God.

Perhaps this is why I love seeing visual transformations so much. They help me to remember the gospel’s redemption in my own life. It’s a reminder I desperately need to hear, over and over again. It was not our blood, sweat, and tears that brought us back into relationship with God. It was His.

We are forever grateful, Jesus.

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Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer, Texas native, and the author of the memoir English Lessons: The Crooked Path of Growing Toward Faith. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find Andrea laughing with friends at a coffee shop or creating yet another nearly edible baking creation in her kitchen. One of these days she’ll get the recipe right.

  • I have just started this series and I’m currently struggling to show my friend how our before looks like.. It is indeed so difficult to show that the after is good news when she doesn’t think that we were all sinners and need God!

  • The world (aka the enemy) knows our name but calls us by our sin (reminds us who we used to be)…. God knows our sin but calls us by our name (reminds us we are His daughters, His Heirs, we wear many crowns, we have His authority…)!

  • I’ve had people say to me, “I don’t need to go to church and do all that studying of the Bible because I always do good stuff and lead a good honest life.” I tell them, it’s not alllll about you and what you’ve done, but about what God has done and his love for you. Good deeds get you a pat on the back. Having faith in God gets you a seat at his feet in heaven!!!

  • Grateful.

  • I cannot hear this message enough. The comparison of this before and after renovation of our life and all those we encounter is something I cannot wait to share. It isn’t through our own suffering and sacrifice but Gods. A great reminder often. Amen!!

  • I started late in the study but am enjoying it. I loved the Bible readings today. The one from Colossians 1:13-14 was particularly meaningful this morning.

    “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

    Praise Jesus for that! That is such good news!

  • I really liked today’s study especially when read using The Message bible everything pops out. It’s not about what we do but what God has done. He doesn’t respond to us, we respond to him.

    • Jasmine

      My exact thoughts. Straight to the core of the message. “It’s not about what we do but what God has done. He doesn’t respond to us, we respond to him.” Amen.

  • Michelle Marie

    I am behind on this study but I love how God always pulls me back to Him. Let’s keep going and not give up!

  • I’m very behind in this study, but I’m getting it done. This blessed me so much today. I once was a broken down girl, but now through redemption of His blood, sacrifice, as well as humiliation, I’m free!

    • Abbigail

      I am with you!! I started it and then got sidetracked…. *sigh* So glad I picked back up right here. Loved todays reading.

    • Michelle Marie

      I am behind also but one day at a time God always pull us back .. keep going!

  • How do I find these discussion questions that everyone is talking about? :) thanks!

  • Susan Guiselman

    I am so blessed not to be doomed to my “before ” shot of life and its all due to God’s plan of redenption. Jesus’ blood on the cross, nothing that I’ve ever done so it can’t be taken away.

  • What a great way to describe those verses, this important transformation. Thank you!

  • I love this!! It is not about what I’ve done- whether it be good or bad. It is only about God. He chose to have me. He pursued me. And He, in his mercy, redeemed me through his one & only son!!

  • appledees

    Precious time reading through comments and posts by my sisters…. so encouraging!

  • I love this idea of looking at a before and after. I too LOVE looking at these examples of amazing change, but when it comes to change in my own life I am so resistant. What a blessing, that I can rest assured when I put my faith in God and give Him my fear of uncertainty, give my decisions over to him, He will make it all into a beautiful “after”. It’s not anything that I do, it is not on my strength or my ability to make the best decisions- but it is through Christ’s love for me that I can trust in change for the better.

  • Kasey Summers

    Loovvvvveeeee this example!!! Speaks so much to me because I didn’t fully appreciate my salvation until I really saw just how deep the depth of my own sin was when I entered college! I needed to see how desperately sick my own heart was…. how bad my before was and current state of heart to fully appreciate and become so passionate about God’s grace!

  • This before and after comparison was so good Andrea!! One that is going to stick with me for years to come. Thank you for writing this up for us. To all the SRT team!

  • Thank you God for this promise full of hope!

  • Thank You, Lord, for the blood of Jesus. Thank You that I don’t have to strive to earn Your approval.

  • Candice Stevens

    Loving this study. And I just got my SRT bible. It is fabulous!!!!

  • “It’s not the amount of work we put in that brings us from before to after; it’s Christ’s work on the cross that transforms us. He, and He alone, declares us righteous before the one true God.”

    Amen to this! I find myself struggling with this reality a lot! In a performance based society, I feel this consistent need to perform! But praise God I don’t have to in Him! Cause even though I try I fail all the time! Thank you God for your grace and mercy! And please bring me out of my mindset of performance!

    • Amanda

      This is so true, Sonja. I needed to read your comment today. We have nothing to prove or earn.

  • I love the before and after explanation that she talks about! Our after is not as meaningful without the picture of our before. Knowing our true sin nature and what we were destined for makes me raise my arms in praise that “out of His sheer generosity He put us in right standing with Himself. A pure gift!”

  • I praise God that sin is not the end of my story. God intervened and sent Jesus to die on the Christ to redeem me from my sin so that I may be righteous before Him in faith. Amen! I love the analogy that Andrea uses in this devotion about makeovers. After reading Romans chapters 1-3, I was so convicted by my own sin, but reading verses 21-31 reminds me of my “after”, that my “before” no longer keeps me in bondage. In Romans 3:25 in the KJV, the word “forbearance” is mentioned. It means “patient self-control, restraint, tolerance”. This hit me, knowing that God was so patient with us when we were dead in our sins. Mercy. This is amazing love and grace. Thank you Lord! I am truly forever grateful.

  • Leigh Ann Mayfield

    Thanks, Andrea Lucado! Beautiful metaphor of a before and after house and us as a before and after transformed believer because of God’s rescue and renovation plan in Christ!

  • I find the essays at the end very helpful in discerning the meaning and / or context of the passages we’ve just read.

  • Sarah Murray

    Beautiful reminder of how we are redeemed. Praise God!

  • But God… the 2 most amazing, beautiful words in the Bible. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” As much as I love this verse in Romans, Ephesians 2 just speaks to me. I was dead in my trespasses & sins-dead, not just lost, dead-hopeless, beyond help or aid, a daughter of wrath. BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved me, even when I was dead in my transgressions, made me alive with Christ (by grace I have been saved), and raised me up with Him, and seated me with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the future He might show the incomparable riches of His grace in kindness toward me in Christ Jesus. I AM seated with Christ, not Will Be seated with Christ! He sees me as I will one day be, clothed in righteousness, not as I am now, weak & sinful. He looks at me in view of what my dear Jesus did for me-I am already raised up, seated with Christ in His eyes! Oh that I would remember this every minute of every day so I would not wallow in guilt & shame! Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!

  • Tabitha Bassett

    This beautiful reminder truly made me cry at Smoky Row Coffee Shop.

    • Lisa

      Smoky Row is one of my favorite places to let God’s Word simmer in my heart! Maybe I’ll run into you one of these days!

  • Wildflower

    I feel like this firm foundation I’m trying to build on Christ is shaking. I thought he casts our sin as far as the east is from the west but 2 Corinthians 5:10 says “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
    I’m confused on how I’m not supposed to be anxious that on the other side of eternity even though I might be ultimately saved I still will receive punishment from God and so will the people I love… it seems to conflict with the message of grace. Please pray for me as I’m feeling pretty depressed right now. Sorry to be such a Debbie downer on such an uplifted post and site :(

    • Katie LaRiccia

      @wildflower- the cool thing here is that we cannot earn salvation by our “works” because as humans we are not perfect. We please God when our lives conform to his will for us. All you have to do is trust Jesus to take away all sins (past, present & future). Our confidence must in put into Jesus to forgive our sins and make us right with God. This is empowering as we can live the way he taught us. He took OUR place!! And this satisfied Gods demands. This sacrifice brings us pardon and freedom!

    • Jennifer B.

      For that section of 2 Corinthians you have to look at 2:14-7:4 as Paul explains to the Corinth Church the high calling of the Christian Ministry. In those verses Paul explains God’s grace for every situation. Also look at 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. Paul is talking about teaching the pure word of God. Wildflower- I pray this helps.

    • amylou

      Yes, to echo what Katie said. The 2 Corinthians verse is written as a reminder that we still will face the judgment throne of God and account for all we say and do on earth. But if our faith is in Christ, the verdict will be eternal life with Him! Not due to how good we are, but due entirely to Christ’s sacrifice. God will look at us in that moment and see Christ, and pardon our sins for the final time as we enter into heaven with Him. Going back to this verse: this is written to spur us on to live in such a way here on earth that this judgment may be more “comfortable”, as Matthew Henry’s commentary puts it. Living well on earth doesn’t impact the verdict, but it makes the judgment trial less painful. All this is for the goal of pleasing our Lord more. While God still loves His children, He is pleased when we walk in His ways.
      I hope this makes sense. I love that you’re diving deep into God’s Word! I encourage you to seek well-informed sources for digging deep into Scripture. I personally look to Matthew Henry’s commentary (challenging to read but excellent) or DesiringGod.org. I think Bible Gateway also has good commentaries as well.

    • Lizzieb85

      I’ve heard it explained to me like this:

      On the Last Day (Judgment Day) People who rejected Jesus as Savior will be judged. They will receive punishment for their sins, & ultimately for their rejection of God. This is eternal separation, in hell.

      People who believe Jesus is their Savior are seen as righteous before God. Jesus’ blood washes away ALL their sin; past, present, & future. Their judgment is not one of punishment. It is of rewards!! Christians will be judged by the GOOD they do in Jesus’ name, for rewards & NOT for punishment. The verse you cite is in a passage where Paul is trying to encourage people to live heavenly minded & share the gospel. Christians will not be punished for the good work they do not do, but will be rewarded for the good work they DO do.

      In 1 Corinthians 3 Paul talks about laying the foundation (The Gospel/Jesus) & Christians are called to build on it with Gold or straw, etc… These are the works we do in Jesus’ name. If it’s good stuff, it will withstand the judgment. If it’s worthless straw, it will burn up. Pretty much a a person who accepts Jesus as Savior but does no good in His name, pretty much just gets to go to Heaven (vs 14, 15). But Christians who do very good works in Jesus’ name will be rewarded. There is NO punishment. Eternal life with God forever is the Grand Prize!! But as Christians we are called to do more/be more, in & through the power of Jesus. In This 1 Corinthians 3 passage Paul is encouraging believers to move on from the milk (basics of Christianity) & dig into the meat in order to grow & be effective for the Kingdom of God. (Specifically in context of not blindly following specific leaders in the church, but can be broadly applied).

      • Wildflower

        Hmm, but then why does it say each will receive what is due for what he has done whether good OR evil? I guess that’s where I’m confused. That seems to be saying whether reward or punishment, you’re going to get what you deserve.

        • Lizzieb85

          What a person who has faith in Jesus Christ & His saving work on the cross deserves is… NOTHING. They are already cleansed by His blood & seen as Holy & Righteous in God’s eyes. On judgment day God will not see the evil a Christian has done. Because they are wiped clean of ALL those sins at the moment of conversion.

          You are confessing to us right now that you are feeling depressed & that your thoughts are messing with you. I encourage you to sit & get real with God. Don’t ask US for the answers. Bring your concerns before Him & ask Him to give you what you need right now. Right now. Ask for Him to show you His truth. To tune your ear to HIS voice, & no one else’s. God does NOT want us to live in fear, but in freedom. Ask Him to show you what that means. I will pray for you now.

      • Wildflower

        That sounded snippy and argumentative lol I’m sorry I didn’t mean it like that. I’m just feeling really depressed and it’s like my own thoughts are trying to sabotage my inner peace. I’m just genuinely confused.

      • Elizabeth

        I just read a really good book that went into this in depth called Driven by Eternity by John Bevere. I just saw your posts before bed and would love to respond more tomorrow but that book and Mike Bickle’s life of eternal rewards teachings cover your questions really well I think. I pray that the peace of Gould would fill you tonight though and that He would draw you deeper into revelation of who He is as you ask these questions…they are such good ones at least from the posts I’ve skimmed!

      • Elizabeth

        Ha not sure why God corrected to Gould but I think He still answers my prayer, lol

      • Elizabeth

        Also I think that as all is brought to light and laid bare before God, there will be levels mourning and most all will suffer some loss…but your sins ARE forgiven if you are in Christ and abide in Him in a lifestyle of repentance. It doesn’t mean that you and your loved ones will be “punished” in torment but the revelation of maybe what could have been, missed opportunities, etc can still cause mourning…but then comes great JOY as you enter into His kingdom and receive your inheritance with the saints to rule and reign with Christ…which will entail differing levels of rewards and responsibilities. But what you’re asking now is sooo good! Dig into those questions and let the Lord grip you with a revelation of eternity that changes how you live now while you can. I want that so badly for myself too to not squander this time. I highly recommend those resources I listed above too!

    • Debbie H.

      Hi Wildflower
      I recently read “The Real Heaven: What the Bible actually says” by Chip Ingram. In regards to the verse you mentioned he writes that in the forerunner to the Olympic games there was the Isthmian games and the judges for this event sat in the Bema or ‘judgement seat’. The winning athletes would approach this seat to receive their awards after their events. So think of your approach to the judgement seat in light of the race metaphor used in Hebrews 12. The writer says that when it is our time to approach Christ’s judgement seat it will be a happy time of reward not a shame-filled moment. Katie mentioned in her comment that we can have faith that we are already made right with God because of Christ’s work and indeed the scripture you mentioned about our sin being cast far from us is right, so there is a lot to be confident and optimistic in. I thought he explained it quite well in the book. I hope that is encouraging from a non-downer Debbie ;)

    • Debbie H.

      That same book I mentioned says that “the Greek language has two words for ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ and neither of those words is used here. The word that is used here is the word that means ‘worthless’ or ‘no lasting value’.” Ingram writes that when we approach the seat and the motives behind all your actions is revealed anything deemed ‘worthless’ would not be rewarded but that doesn’t come with punishment or humiliation. He goes on to connect this idea with 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 which talks about the foundation you build on. If you build on worthless materials it will be revealed with fire that tests the quality of the work. If what you built survives the builder receives reward. If your life is built on a foundation of Christ nothing will be destroyed by fire and you will be rewarded. Does that help?

      • Lizzieb85

        Yes. Debbie’s comments are spot on. Wildflower I pray you find encouragement & not fear in these comments.

    • Wildflower

      Thank you sisters. You don’t realize how much it means to me that you take the time to reply to these posts. Thank you for your patience and encouragement always.

      • Crystal

        Wildflower, thank you for asking these questions. It is not only helping you but others like me. And thank you ladies for the referenced matters and versus to study on.

  • Wildflower

    Really struggling today with anxiety sisters. I know our study isn’t about Matthew but I came across a verse in Matthew “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken” Matthew 12:36. I looked it up on gotquestions.com and they basically said that our words will be used to judge our hearts on whether or not we are “good” enough and that we are both acquitted and accused by our words on judgement day. I’m so confused, I’ve been trying in the recent months to really build my foundation on JESUS being the final answer and it not being on what I say and do. I mess up all the time and I’m sure I have way more idle words and not. So basically what I got out of this is no hope.

    • Wildflower

      I actually think it says by your words you will be condemned… I thought there is no longer any condemnation in Christ…

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying against your anxiety, Wildflower. Asking the Lord to give you clarity on these verses that are causing fear. So glad to have you in this community. Grateful for you.

      – Stormye

  • Lizzieb85

    I love before & afters too! This is such a great follow up passage & devo from Friday’s.

    This Sunday my Pastor was preaching on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. He used this exact analogy (& Fixer Upper) too. BUT he pointed out that God doesn’t just fix-up our sin. He doesn’t just paint over the stains & put new counter tops on our cabinets. God makes us COMPLETELY NEW! 2 Corinthians 5:17 He tears down our old self & makes us a new creation. None of that old crud is left.

  • We did the remodeling thing when we bought our first home. Painted the walls, gutted the kitchen and bath, etc. And it was all rainbows and sunshine. Then we had kids.

    Now the kitchen is cluttered, and the 3 year old pulled the towel rack off the wall, and now he’s 5 and the holes are still there. And although God is using those holes to sanctify me to be patient with my husband (kidding, kinda), the work is never done. It’s never enough. Our works will always wear down and get crayon marks on them.

    But God’s redemption for us is done. Done and done and done. No more striving. That is good for my tired heart.

  • Today’s reading made me think back to the days when I thought I was my own unique goddess, in control of my own existence – past present and future. How arrogant and clueless was I? I thought of Jesus as a really nice guy who had his head on straight, was kind and ethical, a good guy ‘Robin Hood rebel ‘ who looked out for the little people, bashed the authorities when they got too high and mighty, and was unfortunate enough to piss off the wrong Jewish backstabbers. So sad and sorry. I was young and arrogant and clueless, but I’ve said that already, right? The wake up call came when my life spun out of control and my vision of self-control was forever turned on its head. There were some lost, dark years, some broken relationships, some self harm … it wasn’t pretty. And then came a time of reflection and re assessment and that’s when I truly contemplated that last part about Jesus … imagine giving all for sake of redeeming all. Well THAT will stop you in your tracks and make you think and break your inflated ego and shake you up and make you eternally grateful that you and your selfish puffed up arrogant soul is worth saving, that all your stupid moves, decadent behavior, mean spirited actions, greedy self-centered sins could be forgiven. That will stop you in your tracks thank you Lord. That will put you on a road that is better lit, more beautiful to the eye and the heart, smoother because of the directions that help you along the way, and far more fulfilling because of the faith and knowledge gained and stored deep in your heart. Thank you Lord, thank you.

  • PronetoWander

    “13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” I love that it is he acting in delivering us , not ourselves pulling us out of darkness. God is the one doing the action of saving us from our sins!

  • Diane Huntsman

    Loved this today!! But then when do I not love it?!? SRT you guys are home run hitters every.single.solitary.day. LOVE YOU GIRLS!! xoxo

  • Wow so good! I just spent several days cleaning our floors and I must admit, I couldn’t get it over the difference between the before and after, but now that it’s done and I can’t “see” the before, it’s not as satisfying to me. I love this analogy and I wonder how often I forget about the “before.” This really hit home for me, so thank you!

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  • Thank you for today’s devotional. The HGTV transformation visual really put it into perspective in a fun visual way. I am forever grateful, Jesus.

  • This is actually my first time going through Romans entirely and I have to say, GOD IS AMAZING. The fact that He overlooked all of our past sins and blessed us with grace and redemption is something that I am forever grateful for. He is such a good father!

  • God sees potential in broken, sinful people.

    We are those ‘fixer uppers’- filled with ugly kitchens and rotting floors, ultimately inefficient and unusable. By a normal persons standards, these things have no hope and deserve to be torn out, thrown away, replaced. The people who have rotting hearts and broken souls and unusable gifts don’t have a place in a society that values ‘new’ over restoration.

    But God.

    He takes our ugly, rotting hearts and restores them. He doesn’t take away our brokenness, he gently cares for our aching souls. He strips away our sin, our addictions, our idols in painful ways- and transforms our destructive habits into dreams bigger then we can dream and a future that’s forever.

    We are masterpieces of the ultimate creator- a God who can take each of us, once a mess more ugly and rotten then the worst of falling down homes, into a beautiful, functional house of worship.

    Because that what we are- WHO we are, right? His child, his willing servant, his friend, his place of dwelling?

    1 Corinthians 3:19 says it is so.
    “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

    The construction is long and hard- and ‘Demo Day’ can last years and years, and sometimes needs to be repeated. But take heart- he is creating a GOOD work in you, and is here with you through the process. He sees potential in YOU.

    • Susan

      Amen!! Such a powerful truth. You have expanded on today’s study in a very insightful way. Thanks for this addition. I pray that it will also speak to many hearts and bring them closer to our Lord and Savior.

    • Michelle

      Nicely said Veronica!

    • Emily B.

      Amen!

    • GramsieSue

      I love how you took this further. I would like to share your words with a friend who needs encouragement.

    • Rachel

      This was beautifully said. Thank you for your expansion of the fixer upper analogy! It’s so good/hard to think about the work that God is doing in each of us, every single day. What we might see as mundane, He sees as an essential step in our journey to grow closer to Him. Amen.

  • I love this. The “Fixer Upper” analogy spoke to my heart. They take not so pretty houses, and transform them into amazing homes, but not without “demo day.” Wow – I’m currently in a “demo day” season. Perhaps when we face these awful circumstances in life, God is just painfully tearing down walls so that He can create something beautiful within. Gives me hope to get through the day. Hopefully this helps someone else too. ❤️

    • Tricia C

      Praying for you during your “demo day” Emily. Peace be with you. ❤️

    • Emily B.

      I hadn’t even made the “demo day” connection; that’s a really powerful image to go along with the before/after analogy. Thanks for pointing that out!

    • Melonie

      I love this. I’m in that season as well and the picture you painted is perfect.

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you in this time, Emily. It is always so beautiful when we come out on the other side of the Lord working in our lives, but it can be difficult to endure. Asking the Lord to give you strength and endurance in this season!

      – Stormye

    • Sue

      Yes, I too am experiencing “demo day.” Love the before and after analogy, and so also your reflection on demo day! When all is said and done, the walls are torn down, the reveal will be extraordinary, all in God’s timing! Loving this study!

    • Crystal W

      Thank you for this! I feel as though I am in a demo day as well.

  • I love that Paul tells it how it is in this letter. He was addressing Romans – people who were pretty intelligent and eager to learn about all manner of things without reeeeaaaally believing in it. As hard as last week was to read, with the vivid descriptions of our sins and the consequences (the before); how refreshing and spirit-lifting is it to read that
    “God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness,

    because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. (0_0)

    God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:25-26

    Paul admits that we don’t deserve this grace, that God willingly overlooked our past sins and declared us righteous through faith in the redemption that Jesus brought us. I mean, wow…

    What an AMAZING Father we have and what AMAZING love He has for us! <3

  • churchmouse

    Yes! This passage is our EVER AFTER!

  • Me,too! Before and after transformations are so exciting. How does God see the potential in a sinner like me? Christ’s work on the cross transforms me from sinner to saint! Glory to God for the power of redemption through Christ!

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