In my last post I talked about the Good News of Christ that brings salvation. Paul now continues by talking about the results of this Gospel.
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
There are so many believers bound in the notion that if we can just be righteous enough, we can walk in the power of the Spirit. They spend their lives frustrated trying to live up to the righteous rules set out by their teachers. Many give up on ever obtaining a walk in the power of the Spirit. Little do they know that their quest is in vain.
The truth is that the law, any law or set of rules, has no power to change a life. All of my good intentions and will power are not enough. I need the Holy Spirit to work in my life if I’m going to see lasting change.
The righteous life can only come from a walk of power. Jesus not only walked in power, but also in the righteousness of the Father. This means it’s possible for me as well. I just need apply the truth of Scripture to my life.
Righteousness is not a function of my strength or my will power. It comes from God through His Holy Spirit. The key is that this truth is revealed in the Gospel – the Good News. Truly, to many believers righteousness from God is Good News.
As I’ve said before, so many live their lives constantly failing to live up to the standards set by Christ in the Word. The Good News is that you don’t have to walk in failure. But wait a minute! Maybe you think I’m talking about the imparted righteousness that God gives to us when we’re saved. I’m not.
The Bible teaches about two different kinds of righteousness under the New Covenant. First, there’s imparted righteousness. This is the righteousness that Christ places within you when you’re saved.
This means that when God the Father looks at you, He sees you in Christ. This gives you access to God at all times so that your sin will not keep you from approaching the throne for forgiveness, praise, worship, or any other purpose. We need this righteousness to establish a relationship with the Lord as we grow in our faith.
There is also another kind of righteousness that the New Testament talks about. That’s the walk of righteousness.
This is the application of the righteousness of God to our daily lives. This means that I live correctly before God. This one is harder to see manifest in my life. That’s especially true if I try to accomplish it in my own power, as so many Christians endeavor to do.
I believe that in the above verse, Paul is talking about the walk of righteousness. It’s this righteousness from God that allows us to live righteously. We can never hope to walk rightly before God in our own strength. It’s going to require us to walk in the ability of the Lord in order to please Him.
The book of Romans is all about the journey to a walk of power and righteousness in Christ. Right now, we’re only going through Paul’s introduction. Stick with me and you’ll see how it all applies to your life.
Question: Why is it so tempting to please God in our own strength?
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