romans 3:21-5:21 “the big reveal”

We love “reveals.” Whether an expectant couple slicing to discover blue or pink cake or rolling back the overgrown “before” photo to reveal the transformed “dream home” on
Fixer Upper, reveals can move us to tears of joy for the gift we now behold.

Romans 3:21 begins BUT NOW…the righteousness of God has been manifested…”
Like a Big Reveal GOD’S PLAN ALL ALONG to address OUR PROBLEM of sin has now “shown up.”

OUR PROBLEM:  We all lack the Righteousness to be in Right Standing with God.

GOD’S CONUNDRUM: How can He be a God Who is Merciful and Loving and Gracious toward sinners…yet also be JUST, HOLY and not compromise His standards or His Character?

GOD’S BIG REVEAL: His answer to our problem has arrived in a Person!
Paul says God “put forward” Jesus to show his righteousness so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Jesus’ place-taking sacrifice for you and me satisfies God’s justice and redeems us who receive His righteousness by faith as a gift of His grace!