“But it is the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction” (Romans 3:22).

Paul now returns to the foundational premise of the Roman epistle, “The righteous one will live by faith” (1:17). This justification by faith (v.24) underscores, once again, that just as God metes out his judgment without partiality (2:11), He extends his grace with no less exception. The work of Christ upon the cross was so complete that no longer is the world divided between Jew and Gentile but, rather, believer and unbeliever, the redeemed and the unredeemed, those who are being saved and those who continue on the course of death. Beware of theologies espousing a salvation that is for some but not others. God’s unfolding salvation history, from Abraham to its full unveiling in Jesus, only gets larger in scope, not smaller in scale. As the Jews failed to understand, God’s plan, from the beginning, was to be inviting to all not exclusive for some.

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