The Justification of Sinful Man
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and
upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ
Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to
declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance
Rom 3:26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the
justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
This passage in Romans summarizes for us God’s plan for justifying sinful man. His
plan is so simple, but it cost Him so much. The beauty and power of God’s grace is
revealed in such a way, that if we truly believe God’s Word we will not be able to contain
our gratitude, and our hearts will overflow with worship.
We see the same plan in greater detail in Hebrews, chapters 9 and 10.
Sin is bloody business
Hbr 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the
law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop,
and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
Hbr 9:20 Saying, This [is] the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
Hbr 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the
Hbr 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding
of blood is no remission.
The law was a very bloody thing. Over the years millions of animals were slain so that
sins could be covered. The price of sin is death. James says, “Every man is tempted,
when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it
brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. James 1:14,15
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Law was just a shadow
Hbr 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image
of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually
make the comers thereunto perfect.
Hbr 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the
worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Hbr 10:3 But in those [sacrifices there is] a remembrance again [made] of sins every year.
Hbr 10:4 For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away
The Law was good in that it was a promise of good things to come. It was a shadow, but
shadow is far different than the real thing. The Law itself could only cover sins. It was
powerless to offer any real for of salvation. Every year there was a reminder that the
issue of sin still existed. Year after year it was still a problem. Man was still separated
from God by his sins. Man could enter into God’s presence only once a year, and that
man was the high priest. Pastor Chuck describes the event like this:
“The Holy of Holies was where man met God. It was off limits to everyone except the
High Priest. He went in there only one day a year which was the Day of Atonement
known as Yom Kippur. (Today because the Jewish people have no temple; the day has
been changed to the Day of Reflection.) The High Priest would go in this one day only;
but, he would go in twice. First, after bathing, he would offer an ox for his own sins and
he would go into the Holy of Holies with the blood and sprinkle it on the mercy seat in a
special order. (Lev.16). Then he would go back outside, bathe and change clothes and
take two goats and cast lots. The one on whom the lot would fall was to be slain and
offered for the sins of the nation and the other goat was to be led to the wilderness area
and turned loose. They would confess the sins of the nation on these two goats. The one
would then be slain and the High Priest, for the second time, would go into the Holy of
Holies to offer for the sins of the nation. The other goat that was led into the wilderness
was set free to get lost. The idea being the putting away of sins by the sacrifice and God
not remembering them anymore.”
Jesus Christ is the real thing
Hbr 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou
wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Hbr 10:6 In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Hbr 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy
will, O God.
Hbr 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering]
for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law;
Hbr 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that
he may establish the second.
Hbr 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus
Christ once [for all].
Hbr 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same
sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Hbr 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on
the right hand of God;
The first covenant, the law, was flawed by man’s inability to follow it. Man continued to
sin, and therefore, sacrifices had to be made continually. With this arrangement real
communion with God was impossible. Imperfect man cannot commune with perfect
God. Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb, the sinless High Priest, was able by His sacrifice,
by the shedding of His perfect blood, to remove sin once and for all, for all that believe in
Communion with God
Hbr 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Hbr 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
Hbr 10:15 [Whereof] the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said
Hbr 10:16 This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the
Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
Hbr 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Hbr 10:18 Now where remission of these [is, there is] no more offering for sin.
Hbr 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of
Hbr 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil,
that is to say, his flesh;
Hbr 10:21 And [having] an high priest over the house of God;
Hbr 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our
hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hbr 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is]
faithful that promised;)
Hbr 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
God’s plan from the beginning was to commune with His creation, to spend time with us,
to reveal His love to us. That is why justification was so important to Him. It’s because
He desired to be with us. When Jesus Christ died on Calvary, the veil separating God
and man was ripped from top to bottom. Man was unable to bridge the gap to God, but
God by His grace bridged the gap for us. He reached out for us. This is the new
covenant that we can come before the throne of Almighty God by the blood of Jesus
1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should
be called the sons of God: