For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
There’s a mega-blessed comma hanging from the right side of God. Among other things it means the next three sentences must be read S-L-O-W-L-Y.
Don’t worry if you are baffled by them. If you’re not, you’re reading too fast. These words perplex mind and heart for a good reason—the meaning of the entire message of the Bible is packed into them. They reveal the solution to the dilemma we all face as sinners who have disregarded and disdained the glory of God. We are . . .
. . . justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:24-26 ESV)
I sat and stared at those sentences. Questions came. And then answers. Before I knew it something better than gold started falling out in chunks. Take enough time and it will happen for you too:
Note the use of past and present tense. What does it imply?
Note the J-words: justified, just, and justifier. “Declared righteous.” But how and why?
Note our part. It’s only one thing: faith. But what is the object of this faith?
One last question. Perhaps the most important one of all:
Note the underlines—all ten of them. What do we learn from them?
If answers come, share them in the comment box. Better yet, share them with someone you love. Or a perfect stranger.
And thank God for the comma hanging from his right side.