since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God;
they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement a by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed;
it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus. b27
Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith.
For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.
Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
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