JUSTICE AND MERCY
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed
In Romans 3:25, Paul presents the solution for our sin. He introduces a word called propitiation. This is a very powerful and very important Bible word. Propitiation describes the joining together of the two diverse qualities found in our Lord, justice and mercy. Our God is a Holy and Just God. Sin cannot enter His presence and sin cannot go unpunished. At the same time the Lord is incredibly merciful, “the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.” At the cross, sin was judged. Christ became the representative of the human race. The Lord did not overlook sin, He judged it. Man’s sin, my sin, was judged by God. Because of the judgment of sin at Calvary, mercy becomes available. Because Christ suffered in my place, mercy has triumphed over judgment. Christ has forgiven me. I have been declared righteous. By faith I can now live. This is one of the great truths Paul proclaimed. Sin has been judged, the sacrifice has been accepted. We have been declared righteous because our representative took our judgement on Himself.
Several times, in the ministry of Jesus, He would say, “Go in peace, your sins are forgiven.” The Lord never made light of sin because of the horrible fruit sin produces. He was saying ” I am taking full responsibility for your sin”. He could say “Your sins are forgiven ” because of what was about to happen at the cross. At Calvary, My sins received full judgement because God is just and holy. At the cross my sins were forgiven because God is merciful. Christ Himself, has fulfilled the righteous demands of God. In view of the mercies of God , offer yourself to Him.