But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it… (Romans 3:21)
BUT NOW are wonderfully explosive words. They mark a turning point. Bad news turning good. Ice melting to water. But now is a new way God is giving His righteousness. A new way apart from the law.
God is perfectly, wholly, and completely righteous. Therefore, God’s people must be wholly righteous to live with Him. That’s a big problem because people are not wholly righteous. People need righteousness to be with God but have no way of making themselves righteous.
People need righteousness another way. A way that doesn’t bypass the law, but instead fulfills it. Verse 20 and 21 together give bad and good news. The bad news is we can’t earn righteousness through obedience. The good news is there is another way to become righteous before God.
Tomorrow we’ll see this new way.
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