God’s Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now (A)the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, (B)being witnessed by the Law (C)and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all [a]and on all who believe. For (D)there is no difference; 23 for (E)all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified [b]freely (F)by His grace (G)through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth (H)as a [c]propitiation (I)by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over (J)the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Boasting Excluded

27 (K)Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude (L)that a man is [d]justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since (M)there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Abraham Justified by Faith(N)

What then shall we say that (O)Abraham our (P)father[e] has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was (Q)justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? (R)“Abraham believed God, and it was [f]accounted to him for righteousness.” Now (S)to him who works, the wages are not counted [g]as grace but as debt.

David Celebrates the Same Truth

But to him who (T)does not work but believes on Him who justifies (U)the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also (V)describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed(W) are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered;
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

Footnotes

  1. Romans 3:22 NU omits and on all
  2. Romans 3:24 without any cost
  3. Romans 3:25 mercy seat
  4. Romans 3:28 declared righteous
  5. Romans 4:1 Or (fore)father according to the flesh has found?
  6. Romans 4:3 imputed, credited, reckoned, counted
  7. Romans 4:4 according to