Following Romans 3:23, Paul turns his focus from sin to salvation.
"But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:25
This is one of the most powerful passages in the Bible.
Think of a person on trial by a judge. As sinners, we are all in need of forgiveness. We know that we are guilty and stand in judgement by God.
Yet, instead of the sentence that we have earned and deserve, God pronounces our innocence and right standing with Him.
What just happened? Was it something that we did?
No, we simply went in humility to God and believing not on our own inadequate work, but on the perfect work of Christ which God then reckons to us.
This pronouncement immediately changes our relationship with Him.
We are no longer guilty. Our sin debt has been paid completely. We are now in Christ and have right standing with God.
Was there a cost to us for this gift of salvation? No, it is a gift freely given to us by God, its basis being God's own grace.
Father, we thank you for you gift of salvation made available to us through the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross. Though His blood, we are saved and come into right standing with You. We pray in the name of Christ. Amen.