EPISTLE Romans 3:19–28
19Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who
are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the
whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For by works of the
law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the
law comes knowledge of sin.
21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart
from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to
it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all
who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift,
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put
forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This
was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance
he had passed over former sins. 26It was to show his righteousness
at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the
one who has faith in Jesus.
27Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind
of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold
that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.