|But now a righteousness from God, apart from
law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all
who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short
of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice
of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his
justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed
beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the
present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have
faith in Jesus.
(Romans 3:21-26 NIV)