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Experiencing Freedom

By on February 4, 2014 in Faith with 1 Comment

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 22b-24, ESV).

Yesterday I discussed how we missed the mark, the bad news.  Today, we have the good news focusing on Romans 3:24, “and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

This verse introduces us to two great theological words and they are the words “justify” and “redemption.”

The word “justify” means to “To declare one not guilty, or to make one as he ought to be.” In the biblical sense, it means that God, in His power and in His grace declares us to be righteous and worthy of a relationship with Him.

The word “redemption” means “to set at liberty after the payment of a ransom price.”

To put it all together, when we received Jesus as our Savior, God applied the price that Jesus had paid on the cross to our account and declared us righteous. He thereby freed us from the condemnation and the consequences of our sins. He very literally set us free!

In Jesus, I am free from the need to try and please God. He is already pleased with me because of what Jesus did at the cross. I no longer have to try to be good to convince God to let me go to Heaven (which is pointless to begin with). He has already given me His own righteousness and in His eyes this very day, He sees me as perfect, holy.  Am I perfect in the day to day?  No, my wife and kids will confirm that is not the case, but positionally before God the Father, I am.

Here is the kicker! The Bible says in this verse that all of this happens “by his grace as a gift.”  This word, grace, literally means “without a cause”. Basically, God gave us His righteousness even when we did not deserve to receive it. He gave it to us even though we could never earn it or pay Him back for it. He gave it to us without a single cause, or without any strings attached! There is no explaining why God saved a bunch of sinners who deserve hell other than His unfathomable, inexplicable love that He has for us and His grace.

About the Author

About the Author: Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts.  He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has also served as an interim pastor and is a sought after speaker and pulpit fill-in.  Shane has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and they have three kids.  Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +. .

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  • Denise Bubeck

    Exactly! So thankful for the faithfulness of God!