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. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
It’s interesting to me that some of the worst qualities of mankind cut across all racial, religious, and ethnic groups. We can all hate, we can all be ignorant, we can all be intolerant. But the amazing thing is that this common theme of human ugliness is what ties us together as Christians.
There is no group that needs Christ less than another, there is no group that is good enough on their own to be righteous; there is no difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But here’s the greatest thing of all, this sin that cuts across our populations is removed, once and for all by our Savior, our Purchaser, our Redeemer Jesus Christ. There is no difference.
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