“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith” – Romans 1: 16-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s righteousness is an essential fact of the Gospel.
It is important to note that the righteousness of God is a very crucial fact of the Gospel of Christ. In the preaching of the gospel of Christ the righteousness of God is unveiled, revealed and explained. You cannot aim to know God’s righteousness outside the gospel. Such desire to know God’s righteousness outside the conduit of the gospel of Christ will be an error that will land in futility because a man cannot know God outside Christ communicated through the conduit of the gospel and documented in the bible. That is why all of God’s revelation which is encompassed in His son has been communicated to us via the bible.
That said, it is important to reiterate the fact that righteousness is very critical where the gospel of Christ is concerned. Many folks have a misunderstanding of this concept based on how they are being taught or based on the information they’ve been exposed to as far as this concept is concerned. As a result of the misunderstanding of this concept, many folks equate righteousness to human performance. Thus, righteousness as misconceived by these folks has been interpreted to totally depend on merits or a reward for good works well done (if you do good, you are righteous; if you do bad, you are unrighteous; that is what runs through their minds). However, this is not what the scriptures teach, that is why you cannot afford to be ignorant of the word. And moreover, our persuasion or conviction must be from the scriptures; that is why a doctrine is only sound to the degree to which it draws its inspiration from the written word.
From the explanation, it is important to point out that the word “righteousness” which was used 92 times in the New Testament has its greatest concentration in the book of Romans. Paul used it 32 times in the book of Romans; hence, the book of Romans could be seen as Paul’s doctrine on righteousness. From our text, Paul said “for therein is the righteousness of God revealed…” It is the righteousness of God and not the righteousness of man; man therefore, cannot define God’s righteousness, God’s righteousness can only be defined in his word not by opinions or ideas. Thus, in explaining God’s righteousness, we will not depend on opinions, but we will depend solely on God’s word because that is the only material that explains the totality of God to us. This shows us why the phrase “for therein” (in verse 17) is in reference to the gospel of Christ (in verse 16). That is, “for therein” (in the gospel of Christ) is the righteousness of God revealed. So, a fundamental fact that must be comprehended first is that God’s righteousness cannot be understood outside the gospel of Christ. Thus, what will be the bedrock to understanding the righteousness of God? The Gospel of Christ. Can a man have a full revelation of God outside Christ communicated via the conduit of the gospel? No. Therefore, we can safely say that God’s righteousness is revealed in the person of Jesus.
INSTRUCTION: Do not misunderstand Jesus if you don’t want to misunderstand God.
PRAYER: Lord, I declare that the eyes of my understanding is opened to understand your word as I look at your word with the binoculars of Christ, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The totality of God’s revelation is embodied in the person of Jesus.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10