Thursday, March 17, 2016

Some Thoughts on Salvation from Romans 3.23-25

The doctrine of salvation is rich and glorious.  It is also deep and worthy of our deepest thought.  In Romans 3.23-25 the apostle Paul in a brief manner speaks of some deep theology regarding our salvation.  Here are his words:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by his grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in his blood through faith.

The following diagram may help to unpack the details of these truths:

Notice that there are two arrows going out from Christ.  Christ Jesus redeems us—that is, he purchases us from sin by his blood.  Christ also is the propitiation for our sins.  This means that he takes away our sin so that the wrath of God is appeased and that we are no longer the recipients of this wrath.  The arrow from the Father speaks of our justification.  God declares us “not guilty”—a legal verdict—based on the work of Christ.  Of special note is that there are no lines coming from us.  We receive these blessings of salvation by faith—we do nothing to earn them.

The glory of the gospel is what God has done for us in Christ Jesus, his holy Son!  Deep theology deserves deep thinking and deep praise.  Let us rejoice in our grace-given salvation today!