EXPLAINING THE DOCTRINE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (4)

“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed”- Galatians 3:7-8

LIGHT FOR NOW: Righteousness through faith was not an afterthought.

According to Apostle Paul in the above text, Abraham believed the Gospel that was preached to him; he had faith in the Gospel; he had faith in the resurrection of Christ which was given as a promise. The phrase “… justify the heathen through faith…” implies that Abraham was a heathen who was justified by faith in what God told him – the Gospel. Hence, righteousness is received by faith in Christ (in His resurrection from the dead). Abraham’s faith therefore is righteousness; Abraham’s faith does not produce righteousness. That is, believing in the Gospel is right living. “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:8-10).That was why He explained earlier in Romans 1:16–17 that the righteousness of God is revealed in the Gospel of Christ. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; … for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith”. This faith in the Gospel is right living before God. And that the righteousness that existed before the law was given; this is a key fact in Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome (Read Romans 4:3-11, 22). Righteousness clearly was faith in the Gospel, in the promise; in the resurrection of Christ. In essence, righteousness through faith therefore was not an afterthought. Righteousness primarily means “to believe” and not “to do”, neither is it “to perform”.

“For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3). Recall, we said earlier that the word “counted” was translated from the Hebrew word “chasab” and it is the exact transliteration of the word “counted” (logizomai) used by Paul when he quoted the same text (Genesis 15:6). And he used it consistently (11 times) in the same chapter as he explained the subject of righteousness. The words “Chasab” and “logizomai” both imply to think of; to consider, having an opinion about. Thus, God’s opinion about righteousness is faith in Christ; in His resurrection, in the Gospel of Christ. Righteousness has never been from man, it has always been a gift from God to man. In Romans 5:17, Paul explained it a gift from God (gift of righteousness). Righteousness, which also implies right living, moral uprightness before God, has never been by “work”, “to do” or “to perform”, rather, by faith in the Gospel of Christ and it pre-existed the Law of Moses. Right living before God, therefore is faith. That is, God’s opinion about right living is right believing (faith in the gospel of Christ; His son; in the resurrection). In righteousness, not only do we have dominion over the devil and circumstances, we live in the righteousness of God, and as the righteousness of God, nothing and no one can condemn us anymore, because God has justified and acquitted us; and it was righteous for Him to do this for us “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).

INSTRUCTION: You are made righteous. Think on this truth.

PRAYER: I affirm that in Christ, I have been made the righteousness of God – Glory

QUOTE: Righteousness is not from man, it is a gift from God.

DAILY READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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