“The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
This theme of Romans is also found in Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38, yet remains elusive for many of us affected by the common tendency to lean on our works for salvation and a right standing with the Lord.
From the first century teachings of the Apostle Paul, he speaks against the trusting of our own righteousness for our salvation. Yet in the centuries following, from the early days of Catholicism to current churches, sects and cults, many still follow a system of securing acceptance through performance. It’s a futile attempt as it breeds frustration, failure and guilt.
The exciting truth of the gospel is that God, with perfect righteousness, offered a perfect Savior to pay the penalty for our sins. All we have to do is to get in on it. The “gift” has already been credited to our account!
Add to that the amazing work of our Father who was both the Just and the Justifier – “he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26)
5 Day Reading Plan for this week:
Day 1 – Chapters 1-3 – No one is righteous; Jesus Christ is perfectly righteous
Day 2 – Chapters 4-5 – Justification by faith
Day 3 – Chapters 6-8 – How we are freed from the power of sin, given a new life, and live in a right relationship with God
Day 4 – Chapters 9-11 – Israel in God’s plan
Day 5 – Chapters 12-16 – Right living and right relationships