and in Him every believer is absolved from all offences, from which you could not be absolved under the Law of Moses.
For what was impossible to the Law--powerless as it was because it acted through frail humanity--God effected. Sending His own Son in a body like that of sinful human nature and as a sacrifice for sin, He pronounced sentence upon sin in human nature;
know that it is not through obedience to Law that a man can be declared free from guilt, but only through faith in Jesus Christ. We have therefore believed in Christ Jesus, for the purpose of being declared free from guilt, through faith in Christ and not through obedience to Law. For through obedience to Law no human being shall be declared free from guilt.
Then an expounder of the Law stood up to test Him with a question. "Rabbi," he asked, "what shall I do to inherit the Life of the Ages?"
"A right answer," said Jesus; "do that, and you shall live."
"I tell you that this man went home more thoroughly absolved from guilt than the other; for every one who uplifts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be uplifted."
"In most solemn truth I tell you that he who listens to my teaching and believes Him who sent me, has the Life of the Ages, and does not come under judgement, but has passed over out of death into Life.
To Him all the Prophets bear witness, and testify that through His name all who believe in Him receive the forgiveness of their sins."
But it cannot be denied that all that the Law says is addressed to those who are living under the Law, in order that every mouth may be stopped, and that the whole world may await sentence from God.
gaining acquittal from guilt by His free unpurchased grace through the deliverance which is found in Christ Jesus.
whereas in the case of a man who pleads no actions of his own, but simply believes in Him who declares the ungodly free from guilt, his faith is placed to his credit as righteousness.
For the Law inflicts punishment; but where no Law exists, there can be no violation of Law.
it was for our sakes too. Faith, before long, will be placed to the credit of us also who are believers in Him who raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead,
Standing then acquitted as the result of faith, let us enjoy peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
If therefore we have now been pronounced free from guilt through His blood, much more shall we be delivered from God's anger through Him.
Now Law was brought in later on, so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace has overflowed;
Once, apart from Law, I was alive, but when the Commandment came, sin sprang into life, and I died;
and those whom He has pre-destined He also has called; and those whom He has called He has also declared free from guilt; and those whom He has declared free from guilt He has also crowned with glory.
while the descendants of Israel, who were in pursuit of a Law that could give righteousness, have not arrived at one.
For with the heart men believe and obtain righteousness, and with the mouth they make confession and obtain salvation.
And all this describes what some of you were. But now you have had every stain washed off: now you have been set apart as holy: now you have been pronounced free from guilt; in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God.
for it is by the Law that I have died to the Law, in order that I may live to God.
And the Scripture, foreseeing that in consequence of faith God would declare the nations to be free from guilt, sent beforehand the Good News to Abraham, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed."
All who are depending upon their own obedience to the Law are under a curse, for it is written, "Cursed is every one who does not remain faithful to all the precepts of the Law, and practise them."
God, however, is only one. Is the Law then opposed to the promises of God? No, indeed; for if a Law had been given which could have conferred Life, righteousness would certainly have come by the Law.
I once more protest to every man who receives circumcision that he is under obligation to obey the whole Law of Moses.
as to zeal, a persecutor of the Church; as to the righteousness which comes through Law, blameless.
And this is a figure--for the time now present--answering to which both gifts and sacrifices are offered, unable though they are to give complete freedom from sin to him who ministers.
And while every priest stands ministering, day after day, and constantly offering the same sacrifices--though such can never rid us of our sins--