It was ALWAYS God's plan to make Jesus Christ a substitutionary
atonement for man.
Christ's sacrificial death propitiates God's anger, and offers
reconciliation and eternal salvation, through surrender to Christ
as Lord.

Romans 3:21-26
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ
unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that
is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his
blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are
past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be
just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Light from the Word.

The "law of God" is perfect.
People are not.
And, imperfect people cannot keep a perfect law!
"For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

The law of God introduces and reveals "the righteousness of God."
And, the "righteousness of God" is "manifested" "without the law"
(outside) through the person of Jesus Christ.
It is through receiving Jesus as Lord that a person is "justified freely
by His grace"!

In the Old Testament, both through "the law and the prophets,"
this plan of redemption is revealed.
It is plain, by the Old Testament, that God BEGAN salvation by explicit
trust in Him. (See Genesis 15:6)

The law was later given to reveal "the knowledge of sin" (Romans 3:20
above), and then bring man to a repentant attitude.
Salvation is not OF "the law"!!
Salvation is of GOD!

Thus it is revealed in the Old Testament that man must TURN to GOD
for salvation!
The law was given to initiate that turning!
(See Deuteronomy 6:4,
Isaiah 12:2,
Isaiah 43:11,
Isaiah 45:21-22,
Hosea 13:4.)

It is very plain, from the context of the Old and New Testaments, that
God HIMSELF is the salvation of mankind!!

This God is revealed, "manifested" in the Person of YWHW, or
JEHOVAH Who is the speaking God of the Old Testament.
It is HE Who, as the "Word of God" (logos, representation, revelation,
manifestation of God), took on flesh and is Jesus the Christ!
(See John 1:1-4)

The JEHOVAH of the Old Testament IS the JESUS of the New Testament!

Therefore, "the righteousness of God" is given "by faith of Jesus Christ
unto all and upon all them that believe."

Any and all who surrender to Christ as Lord are "justified freely by His grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."!!

Because God in His immaculate design ALWAYS PLANNED Jesus to
"be a propitiation through faith."
Through Jesus, God has set aside His anger toward sinners that He might
offer them eternal salvation.

And Jesus is declared as the ONLY Righteous One! (See 1Peter 2:22, and 1John 3:5)

Therefore, God is "just" to be the "Justifier" of all those who come to
Him through surrender to Jesus Christ.
God is also "just" to be the Judge Who condemns all who REFUSE
Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives!

Have YOU truly SURRENDERED to Jesus as LORD of all that you are?
Love ya!
Bro. Bruce