Rom 3:23-26…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Verse 23… Says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God…”PAST TENSE”. All “have sinned”…
Verse 24…Being justified freely by his grace we see…Man’s trust in the shed blood of Christ for personal remission (forgiveness) of past sins that enables God’s Justification to be “spoken” to the human soul. “PRESENT TENSE”…”NOW!”
Verse 25… We note that God “declares” or “speaks” righteousness to the heart of the believer in Christ after man’s past sins are forgiven. “STILL, PRESENT TENSE”. When God speaks pardon to the heart of man for past sins…the guilt of sin is lifted from the human conscience. Justification for the penitent sinner is performed through the forbearance of God. Simply put God puts up with sinners (forbears them) until man decides to turn from sin and personally accept the work of Christ on the cross for personal forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness from God brings moral righteousness to the make-up of man…
Verse 26…To declare, I say, “at this time” his righteousness: that “he might be” just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. God’s declaration of pardon is righteousness spoken to the heart of a believer in Christ. God enlightens the believer to a realization and knowledge of a God-given righteousness that comes from the person of Christ. This believer in Christ realizes a sense of freedom from the guilt of sin (a pardon). God let’s man know that faith and trust in Christ’s redemptive work allows him to stand in the presence of an Almighty God “right”… without guilt or shame. The believer’s conscience is clear as this believing soul finds peace with God that is found nowhere else in life.
Rom 5:1…Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
My brothers and sisters at CB…Christ’s blood “speaks pardon” to the human soul (PRESENT TENSE) through your faith and your personal trust in Him! God’s pardon brings personal forgiveness and righteousness of conduct! Christ’s blood speaketh greater things than the blood of Abel! Abel’s blood spoke, “Guilt, guilt, guilt”. Christ’s redemptive blood speaks , “Pardon, pardon, pardon”.
Heb 12:24-25…And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Heb 9:11-12…But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.