Blessed Comma, Part Two

 

Tiny But Huge!

Tiny But Huge!

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.

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  • TParker3neo

    Bob,

    I was just listening to John Piper preach on this and was struck by his emphasis of the prhase, “so that he might be just.” God has set a price for sin: death. But this passage tells us that he had “passed over” former sins out of “forbearance.” But if God never collected the cost of human sins – past – present – or future, he would not be “just.” He might be kind or merciful, but not “just.” By decreeing and accepting the punishment inflicted on Jesus for the benefit of all who believe, God was, as Paul said, both “just” and the “justifier.” That is why God will accept no other punishment for the sins of those who believe. To do so would be “unjust” since the only price that could have been paid has been paid in full. Amazing!

  • Jay_the_Optimist

    It was after reading this passage, William Cowper penned: “There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

    And, hey, I need to post a version of this from You Tube – for the encouragement of all. My favorite recorded version is by Welcome Wagon, but it isn’t on You Tube – get it on iTunes!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYAilF-UU4g

    • http://BobBevington.com/ Bob Bevington

      Thanks Jay. Good stuff!