We are still moving through the book of Romans bit by bit. Once again, we are looking at Romans 1:16, 17. Yesterday we mentioned that the gospel reveals the only acceptable path to God. Today we are going to discuss what that pathway is.
If you have missed any of the previous posts in this series they can all be found on THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.
Here are the verses we are looking at today,
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
We are looking specifically at the bold-faced words.
I don’t think it can be said enough that true righteousness comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. Everything in our world is geared towards getting that wrong. Humanism has taught us…ingrained in us…that righteousness comes through men trying really hard and beyond that salvation is earned when trying really hard meets with a bit of good fortune and man’s natural goodness. That is just sooooooooo wrong.
The truth is men are not by nature righteous. We are by nature evil (sorry folks that’s proven true by Scripture and if you’ve actually lived in the world by experience as well). We are not basically good people who sometimes make mistakes. We are basically evil people who sometimes do things properly. Most times when we end up doing the right thing it is because we overcome the temptation to do the wrong thing which first comes to our minds. Much of our current situation comedy entertainment extends from the battle to make the right choice in the midst of the temptation to do the wrong thing, while much of our dramatic entertainment involves stories of what happens when that battle is not won.
Righteousness will never come because of man’s solo triumph over evil. True righteousness can only be obtained AND maintained by placing faith in the power of Jesus Christ to help us overcome ourselves.
“just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’.”
We have much more to say on this subject but we have sixteen more chapters of study to say it in so for now I am…signing off!