Righteousness given by faith alone!
Scripture reading for June 17th: Romans 3
Is there anyone in the world that is righteous–has right standing before God? Various religions have attempted to answer this question by offering ways that man can perform in a certain way and become right with God. Atheists and humanists claim that there is no ‘God’, and therefore man is free to do what feels good to him. Any hint of future reward or punishment is just a figment of the imagination. But Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, brings the truth to light about righteousness.
Even though the Jews had many advantages because of their history and God’s own written record of His law to them, they still had not kept God’s commands. The Gentiles, not having God’s law, had a form of it written on their hearts so that they too were without excuse before God on the issue of righteousness. (Romans 2:14-15) Paul concluded with a quote from the Psalms, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, who seeks God.” (Romans 3:10-11) God’s laws only bring a consciousness of sin to Jew and Gentile alike. All are guilty before God and lack right standing.
“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.” (Romans 3:21-25)
Righteousness is available to all by faith in Jesus Christ! This truth brings right standing with God on His terms!