Posted: September 23, 2004
A Study of Positional Truths
We continue to
study on the righteousness of God declared to us as an inherited
benefit of being IN CHRIST.
Our study takes us to Romans 3:25-28: “Whom God has 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 of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness:
that He might be just and the justifier of him which believeth
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay:
but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is
justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
text tells us that God the Father
Son. The word ‘set forth’ means to expose to public view. He was set
forth as a
A propitiation is one who satisfies the just demands of the law for
another. The Old Testament word is translated ‘mercy seat’. The law
says that I must die, go to Hell, and pay my own sin debt. He became
my propitiation. He satisfied the demands of the law of a holy God.
He is my mercy seat. Mercy is withholding from me what I justly
deserve. The Father did this in public view when He hung the Beloved
between heaven and earth on a cross.
activation of propitiation is
through faith in His blood.
Blood here is the shedding of blood. The word ‘faith’ is a persuading
conviction to rely wholly on Christ. In our text it would be to rely
wholly on the shed blood of Christ. What is to be gained by a
reliance on His shed blood? The text tells us that there are four
great gains to this reliance.
first is a
declaration of righteousness.
The word ‘declare’ is the act of evident proof to say something is
so. The word ‘righteousness’ is equitable in character, innocent, and
holy. Through our faith in His shed blood He says we now have the
same character as His Son. What an unbelievable truth made to be so.
We must give Him the glory for even the faith was His and given to us
as an undeserved gift.
second thing given by reliance in His blood is the
remission of sins,
especially of those in the
25) At the cross our Lord remitted our sins (To put away from and out
of sight) especially those of the past (ones that previously
transpired). Sin is in the plural, an indication that all my sins
were put away.
enjoy, thirdly, the
forbearance of God.
(Vs. 25) The word ‘forbearance’ has the idea of putting up with, to
restrain, and hold ones self back. The Lord is so patient with us when
we do not forsake sins that are already remitted and under the blood.
Him, fourthly, as the
them which believe in Christ. He became sin, yet remained just and
holy. He was the sacrificial victim and the one who justifies the
ungodly. He became the sinner while remaining the Savior. My, my, He
is surely all in all.
is right when He asks in verse 27, “Where
We would surely not want to boast in the deeds of what we have done.
Paul said that he could only conclude, we are justified (declared to be
like Christ) by faith (a gift received from Him) and not by the deeds of
what we can do. In my positional standing before God in Christ, I am
holy, spotless, and without sin. In my practical day by day life, I
fall so short. I can’t wait for one day when my practice will become my
position. Oh, what a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see. And I
shall look upon the face of the one who saved me by His grace.