In this passage, Paul specifically emphasizes the idea that the righteousness of God is for all people-- Jew or Gentile. Regardless of religious background, he drives home the fact that none of us are righteous on our own or capable of fulfilling the law.
During Paul's time, there was a bit of a divide between the Jews and the Gentiles. Nonetheless, Paul makes it clear that sin is sin and sin is ugly and separates us from God, no matter the person participating in it. The law reveals our sin to us and our desperate need for a Savior, which is where Jesus comes in.
God, in His infinite grace and mercy, sent His own Son to come to earth and walk among us, living the perfect life that we never could. Jesus submitted Himself to the Father's will, dying a brutal death on the cross, so that the law could be fulfilled for all, through His sacrifice. God poured out His wrath for our sins on the only person who was undeserving of His wrath. On the third day, Jesus rose again, conquering sin and death so that He could be righteousness for us.All that God requires of us is faith.
Through Christ's perfect work on the cross, we now stand justified and clothed in righteousness. This offer of redemption, mercy, and love is offered freely to any person, regardless of background, nationality, or past sins.
There is no difference among God's family.
He calls us sons and daughters, righteous, and beloved, and there is nothing we could ever do to deserve those titles. His love and mercy towards us motivates us to flee sin and temptation and to live our lives for Him.
Author | Olivia Beals