The Righteousness of God Revealed

Paul, in his letter to ‘all who are in Rome’, beautifully describes the gospel in these terms:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written,  “The just shall live by faith.”
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.

…and then, a little later…

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Righteous and Just God,

You have always generously revealed Yourself to Your creation.
You have further revealed to us Your righteousness and the righteousness You offer us through faith in Jesus.
May this humbling revelation protect us from changing Your glory, the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image… and protect us from worshiping and serving the creature rather than You, the Creator, who is blessed forever.

Amen

Today I am reading: Romans 1 – 4

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~ by Jonathan Biron on November 30, 2008.

One Response to “The Righteousness of God Revealed”

  1. 12/1/08
    2 Kings 17:37-39
    37 You must always be careful to keep the decrees and ordinances, the laws and commands he wrote for you. Do not worship other gods. 38 Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. 39 Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”
    Hebrews 12:27-29
    27The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
    28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29for our “God is a consuming fire.
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    Lord keep me from straying from You. Protect me from being enticed by other interests that keep me from You. I desire to Worship You, and You alone. Keep my heart soft and willing to learn from You. Help me to trust You. I Worship You, I Praise You, I desire to grow in You.
    Amen

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