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Romans 3:23 is used in the "Romans Road to Salvation" "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." True, BUT I don't understand why those tracks of the 70's and 80's stopped there. The following verses tell the rest of the story:
Yet God, with undeserved
kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ
Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For
God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right
with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his
blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back
and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for
he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this
present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he
himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his
sight when they believe in Jesus.
Right there is the story of salvation. We were all sinners, yet God in His great mercy (undeserved kindness) declares that we are righteous!! How?!?! Through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for sins. I'm sure I've read this chapter before, but today it jumped out at me reading verse 23 in context with the rest of the chapter.
Thank God for that undeserved kindness!