Pristine Grace

Who is the Glory of God?
by Scott Price
Who is the Glory of God?

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 

    When I was a young boy lost in false religion, Romans 3:23 was my first memory verse. We have heard it many times quoted and referred to in the so-called Romans road. Reading the verse over the years only confirmed what I already knew by my natural conscience that God has given all men. The verse pointed out my guilt over and over. The work I put forth just kept getting harder.

    One day God revealed to me WHO was the end of the law. Not just to be the end of the law period, but for the sake of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jesus Christ the righteous was the end of the law for me because He honored, kept, fulfilled, and magnified the law. He performed the glorious work of propitiation which resulted in reconciliation and justification for His people. He kept the law they could not keep. He died the death they could not die. I saw my need fulfilled. That was something I could use. It was something that would last because it was complete and accomplished by the right person. It became a work of value to me, the pearl of great price that was irresistible to me.

    Now when we read Romans 3:23 we should see WHO the glory of God is. It is the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. He is the glory of God that we have fallen short of. He alone met God's perfect standard of holiness and righteousness. That is why we who are His people live by the rule of "God forbid that we should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Galatians 6:14). His work is perfect. He is perfect. Thank God, by the imputation of righteousness His people are now perfect and acceptable according to the holy standard of God which we fell short of before. Christ is that standard. We glory in His glory. Thank God for grace.