Justified by faith in Jesus (Rom 3:26)

“This patience

Of God

Was to show

At the present time

That he himself

Is righteous.

God justifies

The one who has faith in Jesus.”

ἐν τῇ ἀνοχῇ τοῦ Θεοῦ, πρὸς τὴν ἔνδειξιν τῆς δικαιοσύνης αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ νῦν καιρῷ, εἰς τὸ εἶναι αὐτὸν δίκαιον καὶ δικαιοῦντα τὸν ἐκ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ.

Paul said that this patience of God (ἐν τῇ ἀνοχῇ τοῦ Θεοῦ) was to show or prove (πρὸς τὴν ἔνδειξιν) at the present time (ἐν τῷ νῦν καιρῷ) that he himself is righteous or just (εἰς τὸ εἶναι αὐτὸν δίκαιον).  God justifies (καὶ δικαιοῦντα) the one who has faith in Jesus (τὸν ἐκ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ).  Only the Pauline letters used these two distinctive words, ἀνοχῇ, that means a delaying, forbearance, or patience, and the word ἔνδειξιν, that means a pointing out, an indication, a proof, a showing, demonstration, a sign, or token.  God was showing his patience at the present time.  He was truly just, so that he justified the people who have faith in Jesus Christ.  Everything was dependent on faith in Jesus.  With that faith, the righteous justice of God would forgive anyone who had previously sinned.  Do you understand the power of faith in Jesus?

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