But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
The Price Is Paid
You owe God. God demands perfection. That’s what God’s law clearly states. Jesus said it himself when he summarized the law’s demands, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
God’s law isn’t a manual on how to live a moral life. It’s a demand for perfection. And if you have not been perfect, then you owe God.
Every human comes up short of that perfection because all have sinned. We all have accrued an enormous amount of debt to God. There is no debt consolidation service able to help us. There is no payment plan. We’ve dug a hole of debt so deep there is no way for us to climb out of it. Our sins bury us.
But before your last sin can cover you up for eternity, you see someone walking toward you. He carries something in his hand. It’s a check for the debt you owe to God. With that check, Jesus buys you back and sets you free from your sin. He lifts that enormous burden off you.
Jesus earned the capital to pay your debt by perfectly obeying God’s law and taking the punishment for sin in your place. How do you get this life-changing check that pays your debt to God? You believe in Jesus as your Savior. Jesus gives it to you as an act of pure grace—unearned and undeserved. Jesus declares that you are debt-free; you are sin-free. To God be the glory!
Dear Jesus, you have paid all that I owe. Thank you for making me yours. Help me to live as your child. Amen.