Two Simultaneous Realities…Romans 1-3 pt 6

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (Romans 3:23-24)

The subject of Romans chapter three has been thus far,  All. All of us are under a Divine sentence of condemnation,  All of us like sheep have gone astray from God.  There are no exceptions, not even  Israel,  All of us have defected from God.

Yet to that same ALL,  God has provided a gift,  even the very Righteousness that He demands of us, in the person of Jesus Christ.  The gift is “Unto all ,  but only “upon all who believe”.

The text literally reads, “For all have sinned and are coming short of the glory of God”.

There is an up to this moment dimension to it. Indeed,  I have sinned and even now up to this very moment,  in thought, attitude,  motive,  etc,  I am coming short of the Glory of God that I was created to reflect.

This is because sin is more than a mere act- it is a state of being. Breaking God’s laws is sin, but so is “the plowing of the wicked“, as Proverbs testifies.

A high look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked is sin . (Proverbs 21:4)

Romans 3:23 is true of All of us,  it describes our current earthly situation. What am I to do about my moment by moment sin,  my continuous falling short of God’s glory?

In Romans 3;24,God has provided an existential answer to the sad reality that I have sinned and am currently falling short right up to this moment of God’s glory.

The same subject,  ALL,  are currently being justified (moment by moment) before God, through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus. This said to be done by God as an expression of His grace,  He didn’t have to do this, He did does it for us freely.

For every second that I live my life on earth, continuously falling short of God’s glory, Jesus in heaven is continuously justifying me before God, making up for every shortfall, failure and transgression. Sin is a status that is existential,  but even more so is redemption.

Moment by moment Jesus saves me. He represents me before God, He has offered himself as my Righteousness before God. His death on the tree satisfied the Righteous requirements of the broken law of God, the offended Holiness of God, he answered for the shattered Image of God by dying my death.

But His life before God as our High Priest also saves us, in this moment by moment sense. These are the simultaneous realities Paul reveals in his gospel,

1) The Earthly reality; Yes I have sinned against God, and even up till now I am coming short of God’s glory,

2) The heavenly reality ;Nonetheless I, and all who believe and have received the redemption of Jesus, are constantly and currently being justified before God by Jesus himself

As the chorus so beautifully puts it,”He is all my righteousness, I stand complete in Him, and worship Him…”. And Paul again, in I Corinthians 1:30 tells us, :

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, andrighteousness and sanctification, and redemption,so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”(I Corinthians 1:30)

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4 Responses to Two Simultaneous Realities…Romans 1-3 pt 6

  1. jodyel says:

    I always wonder how Enoch got so close to perfect while on earth. Must have been pretty special for God to take him. Never happen with me!

  2. standingfirm says:

    Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
    Praise you Jesus!!!
    MARANATHA!!!!

  3. Mellany McKenzie says:

    A high look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked is sin . (Proverbs 21:4)

    What does plowing of the wicked mean?

    For every second that I live my life on earth, continuously falling short of God’s glory, Jesus in heaven is continuously justifying me before God, making up for every shortfall, failure and transgression. Sin is a status that is existential, but even more so is redemption.

    That is what I am so thankful for…redemption….being forgiven….that God loves me…..a sinner saved by grace.

    Moment by moment Jesus saves me. He represents me before God, He has offered himself as my Righteousness before God. His death on the tree satisfied the Righteous requirements of the broken law of God, the offended Holiness of God, he answered for the shattered Image of God by dying my death.

    Nothing but the blood of Christ…nothing can save but nowadays we do not talk much about the blood of Christ or how wicked our sin is…it is why I was so challenged by studying the Book of Leviticus b/c it speaks of the holiness of God and how horrible sin is….and just like Jeremiah states the heart is desperately wicked and who can know it.
    At least I can rest in the fact that Jesus disciplines those whom He loves.

    I think it all comes down to loving Jesus…It is all about Jesus and not about me….
    Friends and family do not even believe in Satan or hell or demons or anything much anymore but yet they all seem to read books on being your own God.
    Even psychology is like that.
    I mean self-actualization is the pinnacle of achievement yet with God it is all relational.
    We surrender and repent and God forgives and restores.
    I like that!

    The Law is good b/c it points out r sin but Christ is better b/c He wipes out r sin.
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
    Hallelujah!

    i love the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible…I love the story of Enoch but I love the story of when Jesus came down and met with Father Abraham by oaks of Mamre….
    Ps 2 and Ps 73 and learning about the faithfulness of God to His Word.
    The doxology in Romans 11
    Basically Romans 9, 10 and 11 is all good.
    I used to love it when in church we would read out from the hymn book
    Scripture
    There was something quite powerful about doing that

    I know that i do not want to be like Esau selling his birthright for a pot of soup
    Or like sons of Aaron offering up strange fire or like Lot’s wife looking back and turned into a pillar of salt or like Judas in the New Testament

    I want to be like Christ.
    be like what Apostle Paul said
    It is no longer me that liveth but Christ that liveth in me
    and I know I am not an apostle or even close to being close to what Apostle Paul stated but I do want to aspire to that.
    but mostly I just know
    I am a sinner who is saved by grace, by the precious blood of the LORD Jesus Christ and that God is faithful and He cannot lie and the more I read and study His word, the more I realize I do not know much at all:)

    or the chorus
    He lives, He lives
    Salvation to impart
    I know He lives
    He lives within my heart.

    Blessings In Christ
    Sometimes just reading the introductions of the letters that Paul wrote in the Bible blesses me.
    In the Bible there r so many names I cannot pronounce but they will all be in Heaven.

    Maranatha!
    In Christ
    Mellany

  4. Maureen Leigh says:

    Isn’t it just wonderful to know that the PERFECT Son of God continually intercedes for us, who, though sinful, weak, frail and fickle are loved LOVED by Him who though knowing no sin, became sin for us?
    I marvel at that because it is marvellous indeed. marvelous too!
    God bless you all, Come soon, Lord, it’s getting dark.

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