But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the Law…
Some questions for you: Why does God want us to go to Heaven? Why does God want us to be saved from our sins? Why did he send his son to die for us? Why?
It is actually a harder question than you may have thought.
There are plenty of answers for it, but how does it work together? He died for us because he loves us. He died for us because he is merciful. He died for us because he wants to have a relationship with us. He died for us because he wanted to show us how to put others ahead of ourselves. The reasons go on and on.
But there is something that gets missed in all of this, something very important. The reason God wants us to be saved is not because of us. It is because of him. It has to be.
If God wants us to be saved because of us, it misses the core of the problem. You see, God does not simply want us to be saved from sin because he loves us. Yes, of course he loves us, but we are not the whole picture. God wants righteousness. God wants life, not death. God wants goodness and joy and peace, and so of course he wants us to be saved.
But first and foremost God wants what is best. And what is best is that his attributes would be clearly seen, demonstrated, manifested, revealed, witnessed, etc. He wants his glory to be known. In the process of doing this he sent his son to die and for us to be saved. But the story isn’t about us. It is about God and his righteousness, and we are the happy beneficiaries of it.
He demonstrates it to us so that we will see it, feel it, know it and experience it. He wants us to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is righteous and good. He wants it to be clearly seen.
The entire book of Romans is about this. The words “Demonstrate,” “Manifest,” “Prove,” “Show,” “Witness,” and “Clearly seen” are all over the book. When you realize that what God has done for you is because of his righteousness, not yours, it removes all forms of pride, and puts the focus on God, where it belongs.