Reflection on Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” Romans 3:23, 24

Romans 3:23 is a well known verse to many, and a verse well worth memorizing for all who strive to grow and keep their Christian faith strong. This verse has the power to humble all those who accept the Bible as absolute truth, it’s first phrase equalizing man, from least to greatest, as all possessing the same problem that has existed for every man and woman since the first couple. To understand this verse is to understand that from the perspective of being justified by grace – if I have been a Christian for my entire adult life I am in the same state as a lost soul – we both need equal amounts of God’s grace for falling short of His glory. With personal divisions of all types of groups of people being the source of so much conflict in society today, there is a dire need for more people come to see the identical conditions of ourselves and all those around us. To reach the lost, the saved must relate both the need and the possibility of salvation.

The problem of sin and its consequence of a complete severance of our relationship with God must be our motivation to avoid sin at all costs. The solution to this problem must be the recognition that sin can be avoided, and that the free grace of God can reign in the hearts of all men, conquering sin and it’s consequential death. This allows those who have accepted His grace to live in redemption, a state that brings true peace to one’s life, thanks only to Jesus Christ, to whom we can never repay, but can continually express our gratitude to the debt he paid by being faithful to our Father every day of our lives.