“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 moral uprightness is found in the gospel of Christ.
Paul’s word in the above text lets us see that an integral part in the gospel of Christ is the righteousness of God revealed. Paul used the phrase, “righteousness of God” in other chapters of the same book: Romans 3:5 “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets”; Romans 3:22 “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all upon them that believe: for there is no difference”; Romans 10:3 “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”. The phrase “righteousness of God” implies “God’s righteousness”, “God’s moral uprightness or God’s justice”. So, from Paul’s words, it implies that God’s righteousness, justice and moral uprightness is found in the gospel of Christ.
Romans 3:22 shows us how righteousness is made available to a man; it reads “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all upon them that believe”. So, how then is a man made righteous before God’s eyes? By faith in Christ Jesus. So, those who believe in the finished work of Christ are righteous. Thus, righteousness fundamentally is by faith in Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul sheds more light on this in 2Corinthians 5:21 which reads, “For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. So, we are made righteous in Christ. Is it our acts that made us righteous? No, it is faith in Christ. If acts should be referred to, whose acts will that be? Jesus’ act; it is His redemptive sacrifice (which is His act that gave us this state called righteousness).
Furthermore, the word “righteousness” which was translated from the Greek word “dikaiosune” speaks of a state, a status, a condition (it is a condition of guiltlessness, blamelessness). Another shade of the word “dikaiosune” is a condition of acceptance to God; thus, righteousness depicts a state. That is, the status of the believer is Christ. Why is it the believer status/state? It is because he has believed in Christ. Is it the believer’s act that bought him that state? No, rather, it was Jesus’ act that brought the believer that state. Paul’s word in Romans 10:10 stresses the same fact that righteousness functions in believing; it reads “For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”; so, righteousness before God is believing in Christ. What then will be the highest form of morality before God? Faith in Christ. So, is it doing right that makes the believer righteous? No, it is believing right (that is, believing in Christ). Now, does this mean our conduct is out of the picture? No, our status will influence our conduct (this is spiritual growth). That is, conducts don’t change to make us righteous; we are righteous to make conducts change.
INSTRUCTION: Righteousness is your status in Christ; that status will not change because of you, rather, you will change because of that status.
Prayer: Father, I acknowledge my realities in you, and I declare that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus; I am without blame before you; I am without guilt before you; I approach you with boldness because I am in your son and I declare that I am eternally accepted in the beloved, in Jesus Name! Amen
QUOTE: Righteousness is your reality in Christ and not an attainment of works.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10