Tag: righteousness by faith

By Faith Alone

Scripture reading for June 25th:  Romans 9, Psalm 126, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures:  Romans 9:30-33 “What shall we say, then?  That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith: but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.  Why?  Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works.  They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.””

Paul earnestly desired that the Jews, his own people, would be saved.  But by God’s design, the only path to salvation and righteousness was by faith and not human effort and works.  The Gentiles trusted in Christ and received salvation and righteousness as a gift.  The Jews sought to keep the law and missed out, stumbling over the ‘stumbling stone’, Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Faith is resting from our effort and works and trusting in Jesus alone.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ, my Rock of salvation and righteousness.  Lord, give me boldness to share Jesus’ message of grace to all I meet.

Psalm 126:5-6  “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!  He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”

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Grace through faith!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Nehemiah 13, Esther 1-3, Romans 4

Key Scriptures:  Romans 4:19-22 “He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about 100 years old) or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.  Now unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  

Paul used the example of Abraham to drive home his argument of justification by faith.  Abraham was not declared righteous by keeping the Law.  The Law had not yet been given.  But Abraham was given a promise that he would become the father of many nations and through his “Seed” all nations would be blessed.  He believed God, even when it looked impossible in the natural!

Esther 2:16  “And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the other virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head. . .”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the grace and favor showed to all men through faith in Jesus Christ.  Help me to believe Your word and receive all Your promises!  Amen.

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The level ground of faith!

Scripture reading for July 16th: Romans 3:9-31

I have heard it said that we all stand on level ground at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ!  There are no big “I’s” or little “You’s” when it comes to our need for salvation and finding the grace that comes from our Lord’s sacrifice.  In Paul’s letter to the Roman, he stresses that all are in need of this grace and explains why!

“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.  The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.  Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.  There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18)

These verses from the Old Testament quoted here show the universal rule of sin in the lives of human beings.  Sin has permeated all men and is the cause of evil speech, violence, war, and rebellion against God.  Put another way, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  There is no Jew who has kept the law of God and no Gentile who has not violated his conscience!  (Romans 2:14-15)

But thanks be to God that He has provided a remedy!  “But now a righteousness from God apart from law, has been made known, to which the law and prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3:21-22)  Faith is the great equalizer.  God has chosen to give the gift of His righteousness to all who will put their faith in what Jesus has done for them.

The real question for us today concerns whether we have come to understand and confess our sinfulness.  Repentance requires that we know our need to change our minds and hearts.  If we have a godly sorrow over our sins and turn from them to Christ for His cleansing, the gift of righteousness is ours by faith!  This is true for all men and women everywhere.  Faith is the level ground where the grace of God flows freely!

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