Righteousness & Faith

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    Romans 1:17, For in the gospel a righteousness of God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.

    Theological Reflection

    Here, The Apostle Paul gives us a twofold sense of God’s righteousness.  His personal righteousness and the righteousness with which he justifies sinners based on their faith.

    By his righteousness our sins are erased. If we stumble, knowing our flesh is weak; our justification is in the righteousness of God which shall stand forever. God’s mercy allows us to approach Him, and in His loving kindness is our justification.  By God’s righteousness he justifies us, and by his abundant goodness he makes atonement for all our iniquities. God’s righteousness cleanses us form the impurity of mortal man; it cleanses us from the sin of the sons of men. 

    It is because of God’s righteousness acting in our lives, and because God is righteousness, we can praise Him.  We can praise Him for his righteousness, and because he is our God, we can give Him glory.

    The Apostle Paul says, “The righteous will live by faith.” This is said to prove that it is not by laws that people are justified before God.  Faith has the meaning of encouraging the readers of the word of God to press on and not loose heart; it means steadfastness or faithfulness anchored to God and His word.

    God and His word is our divine assurance that wickedness will not triumph indefinitely; that righteousness will ultimately be vindicated and the earth would be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.  This vision might be slow in being realized, but it will certainly be fulfilled.  Meanwhile, righteous will endure to the end, directing our  lives by a loyalty to God, inspired by faith in His promise.

    We, the righteous (justified) will live by faith; means, therefore “it is he who is righteous (justified) by faith that will be saved.

    Prayer

    Lord God, in the name of Jesus we praise and love you.  You are our God and we are your children; and so, we thank you for your presence in our lives, and we thank you for giving us your word.

    Lord, bless us that our faith will grow, bless us to read and study your word. For “faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Lord, your word in our sword and shield; it is our strength from day to day.  Cover us with your word, and anoint our hearts with your Spirit. Anoint us to live lives that testify to your grace and mercy; and bless us, to life up Christ in our living, so that all will be drawn to you. Amen