Romans 3:22-24 (NLT)
22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Any true understanding of the Good News has to include how to appropriate it to your life. For example, when you buy a car the sales person can tell you that your loan has been approved, and you can sign all of the necessary papers, but until you take the keys from the sales person’s hands, start the car, and drive away, you have accomplished nothing. It is the same with the Good News. The Good News is the most wonderful concept known to human kind, but until you accept it and apply it to your life it is just a concept and not reality. In describing the Good News Paul tells us that the way we do this is by “placing our faith in Christ Jesus.” If you were to ask most people on the street if they believed in Jesus Christ, the majority would says “yes.” However, what they mean is that they believed that there was a man who lived a long time ago named Jesus, and they may even believe that He was the Son of God. Unfortunately, that is not what Paul is talking about here. The faith that saves us in not “faith” in a general sense, but faith in a specific sense. It is not an intellectual understanding of who Christ is, but rather a personal trust in Christ to save you from your sins. It is accepting what Christ did for you on the cross and allowing that trust to make a difference in the way you live your life. One of my pet peeves is when people say, “We are all God’s children.” This concept is could not be further from the truth. We are all God’s creation, but we are not all God’s children. As the Apostle John wrote, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God” (Jn. 1:12, NLT). The Good News is only our good news when we accept it for ourselves. Remember, God has no grandchildren!