Saturday, January 6, 2018

"Righteousness by Faith"

“Righteousness by Faith”


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power of salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.  

For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written:  The righteous will live by faith.            Romans 1:16-17


The theme of Paul’s letter to the True Believers in Rome, is the phrase in verse seventeen, “God’s righteousness is revealed” Paul was delighted to share the gospel with those who were called as saints. He made sure to let them know that he was NOT ashamed of the gospel, because it is the POWER of the ALMIGHTY God, which brings about SALVATION to EVERYONE, who believes, both Jew and Gentile (non-Jew).


The GOSPEL or GOOD NEWS, Paul says is God’s POWER of SALVATION to EVERYONE who BELIEVES, first brought to the Jews and then to the Gentiles also. The GOSPEL shows how God, in His infinite MERCY and GRACE makes people RIGHT with Him, and it BEGINS and ENDS with FAITH.  


The Apostle Paul, then quotes Habakkuk 2:4; “The righteous will live by faith.”  This kind of RIGHTEOUSNESS cannot be achieved by mankind’s OWN initiative.  It is RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM God, it is NOT the PERSONAL ATTRIBUTE of God, but since it comes FROM God, it is CONSISTENT with His own PERSONAL ATTRIBUTE.   Remember, RIGHTEOUSNESS is having a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.  And ONLY those who have TRULY GIVEN their HEART and LIFE to Him, and LIVES by FAITH, will receive RIGHTEOUSNESS, and JUSTIFICATION, SANCTIFICATION, and GLORIFICATION, in the process of LIVING BY FAITH, and thus will have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God. Do you have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God?


If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do NOT have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, and are headed to an ETERNITY In Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, heartache, pain, and despair, without any WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God is offering you the OPPORTUNITY NOW to receive His gift of SALVATION and be made RIGHTEOUS in His sight.  You can do that by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and LIVE by FAITH, having received His JUSTIFICATION, SANCTIFICATION, GLORIFICATION, and RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


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