Man is not justified by the law of Moses—He is justified through righteousness, which comes through faith in Christ, made possible through Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
1 aWhat badvantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of ccircumcision?
2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the aoracles of God.
3 For what if some did not believe? shall their aunbelief make the faith of God without effect?
4 aGod forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a bliar; as it is written, That thou mightest be cjustified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
5 aBut if our unrighteousness bcommend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God cunrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
6 aGod forbid: for then how shall God bjudge the world?
7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded athrough my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose adamnation is just.
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is anone brighteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the away, they are together become bunprofitable; there is none that doeth cgood, no, not one.
13 Their athroat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the bpoison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and abitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to ashed blood:
16 Destruction and amisery are in their ways:
17 And the way of apeace have they not known:
18 There is no afear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every amouth may be stopped, and all the world may become bguilty before God.
20 Therefore by the adeeds of the blaw there shall no flesh be cjustified in his sight: for dby the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the arighteousness of God bwithout the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have asinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 aBeing bjustified freely by his cgrace through the dredemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath aset forth to be a bpropitiation through faith in his cblood, to declare his righteousness for the dremission of sins that are past, through the eforbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be ajust, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is aboasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is ajustified by bfaith cwithout the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the aGod of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the bGentiles also:
30 Seeing it is aone God, which shall justify the bcircumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? aGod forbid: byea, we establish the law.