Being justified FREELY by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:— Romans 3:24
You really can’t fully appreciate that Romans 3:24 without taking a closer look at the word translated as “freely” in our English bibles. The word, in Greek, is “dórean”. This word literally means “without cause”.
So, in this verse, Paul is declaring that we are not only justified freely (freely declared to righteous) but without any particular cause in ourselves as well. In other words, we didn’t do anything to merit our justification (our right standing before God). We were mere benefactors of God’s unmerited favor. Our justification was a free gift based solely on what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross for us. We could not earn it. We certainly do not deserve it. There is nothing can ever possibly add to it. Jesus paid it all, a price the human race was too spiritually impoverished to pay.
Mankind was sold into the slavery of sin. And, as slaves, what could we ever hope to do to alter our dire situation? Absolutely nothing. A slave cannot purchase himself out of slavery. No, we needed someone else to purchase us out of slavery. But who? It could not be man because all men inherited the same dreaded condition. It could only be God.
You’ve heard the verse, no doubt, or perhaps seen it plastered on a sign or bumper sticker somewhere. “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son.” God sent us His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay our ransom and set us free. Moreover, he did so without expectation of repayment. He justified us freely, without cause, so that we, who believe, could obtain eternal life through His Son. It’s all of Him and none of you or me. All that we can do is thankfully accept his free gift
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.— Romans 6:23