For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.Romans 3:28(NASB)
For three chapters, Paul has been expounding the logical argument that man is a sinner in need of a Saviour. Whether Jew or Gentile, bond or free, rich or poor, male or female, everyone is lost in their sins, wallowing in prideful rebellion against their Creator, born dead in trespasses and sins, eternally estranged from God, and in desperate need of a Redeemer.
Having come to the point of confessing that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and that there is no-one who is good or righteous in the eyes of the Lord, Paul starts to reveal the glorious truth that man is justified by faith. Justified without the deeds of the law. Justified through faith in Christ.
We are justified by God's grace and pardoned of our sin as a free and unconditional gift, through redemption that is in Christ Jesus: "Man is justified by faith - without the deeds of the law."
At the start of his letter, Paul writes an important truth: "The just shall live by faith." Not only has Paul reached a conclusion that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law, but he is also using this truth as a springboard to scale the greater spiritual heights of all that it means to be "IN Christ."
Being justified by faith is the first step on a journey through life where the redeemed are also called to live their daily life by faith and not by deeds of the law. Justification is not the final destination in our 'so-great-salvation' but the first step into a life where we are called to live by faith so that "the life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me."
Heavenly Father, thank You that I have been justified by faith, without deeds of the Law or works of the flesh. Thank You that I am accepted because of the Lord Jesus Christ. By faith in Him, I have been clothed in His righteousness and set free from the bondage of the Law. May I live my life by faith and not seek to gain Your approval through deeds of the Law or works of the flesh. Thank You that Christ has set me free so that I may live my life by faith in Him, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. In His name I pray, AMEN.