21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.
When I was growing up the popular School House Rock was playing during the Saturday morning cartoons. One of the songs I loved was “Conjunction Junction.” The conjunction is a very small part of our English vocabulary, but it is critical for connecting two ideas. In the Bible there are passages where the conjunction is actually the hinge that changes everything in the story. Go back and consider the context of Romans 1:18 to 3:20, it was all bad news, all about our sin and rebellion, and God’s judgment and then all of a sudden in verse 21 it says “but now.” There is a change, a shift, a swing of the door from the bad news of our condition to the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ; from our lack of righteousness to the righteousness of God provided to us as a gift through faith. So when you’re reading through your Bible look for these little conjunctions and when you find them stop, pause and consider their importance because every word in the Scripture IS important.