Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Romans 4:13-25 Becoming Righteous by Faith

KEY VERSES: Rom 4:15-16 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring.

Law brings divine judgment (wrath) because of transgressions of the law. The only way to remove God’s wrath is to remove the law. So, if judgment is based on faith then it’s based on grace not works of the law. God’s grace is not just the removal of sins (forgiveness) but also the removal of the law that causes sin. Sin is no longer defined in terms of law, but in terms belief or unbelief. Similarly, righteousness is not based on keeping the law but on receiving by faith Christ’s righteousness in exchanged for our sin.

Instead of focusing on keeping of the law as a measure of our righteousness before God, the church should focus on Christ's righteousness imparted to all who believe. When the church focuses on Christ’s righteousness received by faith, Christ's work at the Cross is glorified, not human attainments.

Father, thank You that our righteousness is based on what Christ has done, not on what we have done. Amen.

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