“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: Righteousness is what God has done in Christ in us.
From our previous study, we discovered that the righteousness of God will only be revealed in the gospel of Christ; so, Paul in his explanation identifies the gospel with righteousness. It is important to note that whenever the gospel is being spoken of in the epistles, the emphasis or the focus is on the resurrection of Jesus. Let us see few references: Romans 1:4 “And declared to be the son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead”; Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God had raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”; 1Corinthians 15:14 “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”. The above references and other overwhelming evidences in the epistles, it is right to allude that the gospel of Christ is seen in His resurrection. Of course, His death was important because they would have been no resurrection without His death; but however, there would have been no gospel if He had not risen from the dead. Hence, the good news is not in the death even though the death is essential to the good news, the good news is in His resurrection, why? They would have been no forgiveness of sin for the believer in Christ; salvation, righteousness, and other spiritual realities if He had not risen from the dead. Thus, we can say in this subject that a key element upon the resurrection of Jesus is righteousness.
Another important fact that could be observed in the book of Romans including our text (Romans 1:16-17) is that each time Paul spoke about righteousness, it is tied to the resurrection of Jesus and not his death (Romans 10:9-10; Romans 4:25 are examples of this). Therefore, righteousness primarily is tied to Jesus’ work and not man’s work. Righteousness is not man’s achievement by his work; rather, it is Jesus achievement by His finished work made available for a man as a gift received freely without works. A fundamental question that ought to be settled here is what did Paul imply in verse 17 by saying, “…is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith?” That is, what did he mean by the term “faith to faith”? Reading the pretext helps clarifies this; in verse 1-5, Paul spoke in reference to the Old Testament explaining the gospel as a promise, there which is now fulfilled upon Jesus’ resurrection. Thus, the use of the term “from faith to faith” with reference to the righteousness of God communicated via the conduit of the gospel will infer two dispensations. That is, “from faith (when it was promised before Jesus came) to faith (the fulfillment of the promise upon His resurrection)”. In essence, the term “faith to faith” means the faith in the Old Testament when it was promised and faith in the fulfillment of the promise by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (faith in the promise and faith in the fulfillment).
INSTRUCTION: In what Jesus did is what God did in the believer. Think about this.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for what you did in Christ and by implication what you did in me. I declare that I am who I am by the Grace of God, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: If there is an achiever of righteousness, then it will not be the receiver who achieved it, but the giver will rather be the achiever because he is the one who made it freely available for the receiver to receive.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 4