Tuesday, October 9
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD THROUGH FAITH
21 But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22 The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. 26 God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. 28 For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Here Paul helps us recognize is that the entire universe is guilty before God. This is clear when he tells us that not one person is righteous and that all have sinned and all fall short. Thankfully, Paul doesn’t just share the bad news. He makes it clear that the law cannot save us it can only make us realize our need for saving. The law helps us recognize the evil inside and around us, but it’s always intended to point us to Jesus and His grace. The righteousness that CAN save us is apart from the law The law cannot save us, but God reveals a righteousness that will, apart from the law. This is the beauty of God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is a salvation that is offered apart from the law, apart from our own earning and deserving, apart from our own merits. This is great news!
Are there ways you’re believing that salvation can be earned by your actions? Be free from the pressure of feeling the need to earn your way into salvation today! Recognize the bad news and then celebrate the fact that the good news (Jesus) has come.
God help me live in the joy of my salvation today. Let the fact that I have all the grace I need enable me to be a positive influence on those around!
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.