“But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed—attested by the Law and the Prophets—that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.” (Romans 3:21–22 HCSB)

There is a massive turning point in Paul’s letter and in our hope at Rom. 3.21.  The law only condemns us, we cannot keep it in order to gain righteousness.  We are therefore without hope…well, we would be, except, “But now, apart from the law.”

What’s this?  Apart from the law?  We can somehow attain righteousness apart from the law?

Where before there was no hope, Paul suddenly infuses us with gigantic, blessed, humongous amounts of hope because we suddenly pick up a glimmer of light along the shoals of darkness into which the law sucks us.  God has, in Christ, managed to both fulfill the law and bring about righteousness.  This is a righteousness “to all who believe” and it comes about “through faith in Jesus Christ.”  Not only that, but it is available to all because “there is no distinction.”

“Apart from the law” means that we all have hope now.