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. (Romans 3:25a NLT)
We need life. Our souls have been cut off from God. We do not need more government, more education, or more religious rituals. We cannot get up on our own. We must admit that we are spiritually dead.
This section in Romans addresses the self righteous (all have sinned), the self-sacrificing (God provides the sacrifice), the self-condemning (all can receive righteousness), and the self-sufficient (boasting is excluded).
The standard of righteousness has never been anything less than God’s moral perfection, which no person could ever attain. Therefore, our only hope is to be declared righteous by God. This is a gracious gift from God. We receive this gift through faith in Jesus Christ, who took our punishment for sin and died in our place. This satisfied the demands that justice be served.
Martin Luther claimed that this section was “the chief point, and the very central place of the Epistle, and of the whole Bible.” Paul clearly explains here why the coming of Jesus is good news for sinful people.