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    Can you explain Romans 3:25?

    Lou Newton
    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher



    Romans 3 NIV

    Righteousness Through Faith

    “ 21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. “

    We would do well to also consider this verse from The Revelation:

    Revelation 13 NIV

    8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

    God does not live in time, but He lives in eternity. He could see what He was going to do on the earth in the proper time when Jesus shed His blood on the cross. But in eternity it was done from the beginning. So it was merciful and JUST to forgive those who trusted God to save them before the cross on the earth. So God could see Enoch as righteous because Enoch trusted in God to save him instead of his own works.

    But when Jesus shed His blood on the cross it demonstrated to everyone on the earth that God was merciful and JUST. For the blood that Jesus shed on the cross paid for the sins of everyone that trusted in God to save them. That would include those who lived before the cross.

    Of course in eternity ( where there is no time) Jesus had shed His blood from the beginning of time and so God could forgive everyone who trusted in God to save them, even before the cross on the earth.

    Answer requested by Clavy ................
    Last edited by Lou Newton; November 13, 2019, 11:28 AM.
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