God has acted in Christ for human redemption, and that is a gift of a gracious God. A right relationship with God is by faith, not seeking God’s favor by good works.
This verse was one of the most important utterances A Christian missionary who once persecuted the church More made in his Letter to the Romans, both for his time and for later history. One cannot achieve a right relationship with God by keeping regulations, even those prescribed by the law in the Old Testament. A right relationship exists where a person trusts in the promises of God set forth in the death and resurrection of God’s Son–that is, by faith.