“Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).

Continuing upon the transitional “But now” (v.21), and the shift from the future wrath of God to the present work of God in Christ Jesus, Paul reveals an unexpected gift of acquittal. Being justified isn’t so much about forgiveness as it is God’s gracious advanced final verdict upon your life as a follower of Christ. Instead of waiting until the end of life to see how your goodness, merit, and religiosity stacks up against the rest, only to discover thatall have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (v.23), the believer’s redeemed status is predetermined as a result of faith. Choosing the life of faith finalizes God’s verdict.

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