Romans 3:21-23 – But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, (Verse 22) even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; (Verse 23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…
Revealed and manifest is the same, and righteousness was made manifest in and through Jesus Christ. Without Him we have no righteousness before God. None of us have kept the Law or the Commandments perfectly, outwardly or inwardly, so we need a “righteousness” equal to God in order to be accepted before Him.
This righteousness that is offered to all who believe, is through faith in Jesus Christ. This is righteousness without the Law. A righteousness according to Law is doing, earning, and achieving in order to be accepted before God.
The “good news” of the Gospel is that God is offering His very own righteousness and acceptance to all who believe in what Jesus provided – His death on the cross for our sins, imputing to us the righteousness that equals the Law. This is the righteousness apart from the Law, without us doing earning, and achieving, and it comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
We all have sinned and we all have come short of God’s standard’s which is perfection. God offers His righteousness, not through works of the Law but through faith in Jesus Christ, dependence, and reliance upon our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, how then was Abraham saved? The Bible says that, “he believed God” – believed the promise God gave him – and then righteousness was imputed to his account. The fact that Abraham was declared righteous before God through faith was not just for him.
The Bible says that because of the payment Christ made on the cross when He shed His blood for our sin, righteousness will be imputed to any person’s account who believes upon Christ.
Romans 5:17 says, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One Jesus Christ.”
A gift only costs the person who gives it, not the one who receives it. God made righteousness available to you and me as a gift, and this gift of righteousness, acquittal, and right standing before God, comes through faith in Jesus Christ!