Romans 3:23-26 (NLT)
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

The apostle makes it clear there is NO ONE that meets God’s standards for holiness. Because of God’s righteousness, He had a plan in Jesus that those who placed their faith in Him would be declared righteous. Even though they are sinners; in God’s sight they are justified because of their faith in Jesus.

A very wealthy man had a wife who died earlier in his life giving birth to their son. The man came to love his son deeply. He was an ordinary boy who one day went off to war for his country. The boy died giving his life for his country. The man was grieved at the loss of his son. The wealthy man eventually died leaving behind his vast fortune. The will said his fortune was to be auctioned off. The first item was a painting of his son by an unknown painter. When the bidding started everyone had their eyes set towards the other priceless items and so no one bid on the son’s portrait by the unknown author. Finally the butler of the wealthy man stepped forward and offered what little money he had to buy the portrait; for he had loved the son. After the butler received the portrait the next part of the will was read that said “whoever buys the portrait of my son obviously cares for him; therefore my entire fortune is left to this person.” God’s son died for a purpose. If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ, then obviously you care for the son and God will reward you with an inheritance in His kingdom. Praise God who planned for your salvation and left you an inheritance of eternal life in heaven. Love the son and show how much you care for Him by following His example in life. Honor both with a good testimony of how you live for them.