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Righteousness given by faith alone!

Scripture reading for June 17th:  Romans 3

Is there anyone in the world that is righteous–has right standing before God?  Various religions have attempted to answer this question by offering ways that man can perform in a certain way and become right with God.  Atheists and humanists claim that there is no ‘God’, and therefore man is free to do what feels good to him.  Any hint of future reward or punishment is just a figment of the imagination.  But Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, brings the truth to light about righteousness.

Even though the Jews had many advantages because of their history and God’s own written record of His law to them, they still had not kept God’s commands.  The Gentiles, not having God’s law, had a form of it written on their hearts so that they too were without excuse before God on the issue of righteousness. (Romans 2:14-15)  Paul concluded with a quote from the Psalms, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, who seeks God.”  (Romans 3:10-11)  God’s laws only bring a consciousness of sin to Jew and Gentile alike.  All are guilty before God and lack right standing.

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.”  (Romans 3:21-25)

Righteousness is available to all by faith in Jesus Christ!  This truth brings right standing with God on His terms!

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The level ground of faith!

Scripture reading for July 16th: Romans 3:9-31

I have heard it said that we all stand on level ground at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ!  There are no big “I’s” or little “you’s” when it comes to our need for salvation and finding the grace that comes from our Lord’s sacrifice.  In Paul’s letter to the Roman, he stressed that all need this grace and explains why!

“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.  The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.  Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.  There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18)

These verses from the Old Testament quoted here show the universal rule of sin in the lives of human beings.  Sin has permeated all men and is the cause of evil speech, violence, war, and rebellion against God.  Put another way, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  There is no Jew who has kept the law of God and no Gentile who has not violated his conscience!  (Romans 2:14-15)

But thanks be to God that He has provided a remedy!  “But now a righteousness from God apart from law, has been made known, to which the law and prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3:21-22)  Faith is the great equalizer.  God has chosen to give the gift of His righteousness to all who will put their faith in what Jesus has done for them.

Repentance requires that we acknowledge our need to change our minds and hearts.  If we have a godly sorrow over our sins and turn from them to Christ for His cleansing, the gift of righteousness is ours by faith!  This is true for all men and women everywhere.  Faith is the level ground where the grace of God flows freely!

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Is man a maggot in God’s sight?

Scripture reading for May 28th: Job 25-28

Bildad opened his final argument by citing the power and dominion of God.  He then questioned that in light of God’s greatness, how can man who is born of woman be right with God?  (Job 25:4)  This is a good question and the answer implied by Bildad is found in other writings of Scripture.  Romans 3:10 says that there is none righteous, not even one (Psalm 14:1) .  Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  The problem with Bildad’s statement is in his understanding of God and man’s relationship.  Bildad stated that man was like a maggot in God’s sight, only a worm.  (Job 25:6)  This view is neither encouraging or accurate!

Job refuted Bildad by asking him what spirit was speaking through him!  Job’s counter-argument was that he would continue to trust God, even if he didn’t understand!  (Job 27:2-6)  God was his only source of hope and encouragement!  God’s character and wisdom were worth more to Job than anything this earth had to offer.  (Job 28:12-13)

The bottom line for Job was that the fear of the Lord was wisdom and understanding was to depart from evil!  (Job 28:28)  Let’s think about this for a minute.  Respecting God and His authority is the very core of wisdom.  We can only live our life successfully if we have this attitude present in our life.  Respecting God is part of the character trait of humility.  God, Himself, is humble!  Jesus Christ taught his followers to come and learn from Him, because he was humble of heart!  (Matthew 11:28-30)  By respecting God and being humble we are able to follow God and learn from Him.  We can then live successfully by faith and not be destroyed by our sight!  We know from God’s word and character that there is a definite “good” and a definite “evil”.  We walk in understanding when we depart from evil and do good!

God is the most precious one in our life.  Job came to this conclusion as he was forced by the circumstances of a trial to live by faith.  He did not have all the answers, but he knew the one who did and who would help him!  He steadfastly held on to what he knew and persevered and we can too!  We are not a worm but a precious child of Father God!

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