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 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  

 

that is in Christ Jesus,

Here is the first occurrence in Romans of the phrase “in Christ Jesus.” Paul used this phrase more than 80 times. This expression refers to the believers’ status in Christ as we stand before God forever. It was Christ who made redemption possible.

Notice that the order of names is “Christ Jesus” not “Jesus Christ.” The word “Christ” means anointed One. “Jesus” means Savior. It is the Messiah Savior who redeems us. Both the Old and the New Testaments unite in this objective. The entire Bible binds us in this initiative. If Jesus were not the Messiah, we would have no Savior.

Mt 1: 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

PRINCIPLE:

Our status before God depends on whether we accept by faith Christ’s ransom for our sins.

APPLICATION:

Christians have freedom to relate to God because they have been emancipated by Christ’s death and placed into the same status that Jesus has before God. Mankind has a condemned status before God. Jesus came to liberate the condemned if they would accept His payment for their freedom. 

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