My beloved child…You do not have a righteousness of your own that comes from the Law…indeed, you cannot…but rather a righteousness that comes solely and only through faith in Christ My Son, a righteousness that comes from God on the basis of your faith. [Father God…Phil 3:9]
** **, all men, both Jews and Gentiles, are under sin’s dominion, held down by and subject to its power and control. As it is written, “None is righteous, just and truthful, upright and conscientious…no, not one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned aside; together they have gone wrong and have become unprofitable and worthless; no one does right, not even one! Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood. Destruction and misery mark their ways. And they have no experience of the way of peace…they know nothing about peace, for a peaceful way they do not even recognize. There is no reverential fear of God before their eyes.”
Now you know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that the murmurs and excuses of every mouth may be hushed and all the world may be held accountable to God. For no person will be justified…made righteous, acquitted, and judged acceptable…in My sight by observing the works prescribed by the Law. For the real function of the Law is to make men recognize and be conscious of sin…not merely a perception of sin, but an acquaintance with sin which works toward repentance, faith, and holy character. But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and the Prophets, namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Christ Jesus My Son, the Messiah. And it is meant for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. All are justified and made upright and in right standing with God freely and gratuitously by My grace…My unmerited favor and mercy…through the redemption which is provided in My Divine Son Jesus, Whom God put forward before the eyes of all as a mercy seat and propitiation by His Blood…the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received solely and only through faith. [Rom 3:9-25]
Blessed Jesus…I stand in awe of the Sacrificial Lamb of God! You came into this world clothed in meekness, and lowliness and humility. You loved me with an everlasting love, and You voluntarily lay down Your life for me, even unto death. No one took Your life, Lord Jesus; You were free to lay it down, and free to take it up again. You stretched out Your arms on a cross on my behalf, and declared, “IT IS FINISHED!” The Eternal Power and Eternal Worth of Your Blood, poured out on my behalf on that cross at Calvary, brought forgiveness for all my sins, and conferred upon me the judicial status of eternal righteousness before God as an accomplished and finished fact! Hallelujah!
O the Blood of the Lamb: