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Faith reveals Righteousness

Ok, so we’ve shown the biblical “definition” of faith (Heb 11:1) and we’ve covered a little about what faith looks like in our lives — why we need it, why we have it and what we are to do with it. Just a little glimpse, I’d say.

But what is important is what we covered from Hebrews:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Understanding that the Bible has a lot to say on the subject of faith, let’s take a look at a few verses from the beginning of Romans.

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Romans 3:21-23 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

Romans 4:5 [ David Celebrates the Same Truth ] But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

What do we see here? Oh, there is so much here on many levels, but let’s focus on some specific terms: first, “the righteousness of God;” next will be “justified.”

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

So some would look at this verse and focus on us living faith to faith. They would say that we need to stay in faith, always live in faith, be in faith always. And this, in and of itself, is true. But why?

Well, because it is how God built us. His righteousness shows through in us, is revealed, from faith to faith.

Remember Luke 12?

Luke 12:48b For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

You moving faith to faith means that God is giving you the faith to achieve the required path. Each time He gives you the next measure of faith, you are required to use it and move forward. We don’t always do this. But when we do use our faith, it pleases God. As we move from faith to faith the righteousness of God is revealed.

What does this mean? Righteousness is right-living or right-being. With God it is His perfection and His perfect action. God’s perfection or His desire for right-ness is manifest through His righteousness. His desire for perfection in us is shown in that He gives us measures of faith and leads us along the path toward our perfection. This is our sanctification.

And so we also see in Romans 4:5 (which talks about Grace versus works) that it is our active faith (actions fulfilling faith) and not our works (actions fulfilling law) that produces an accounting of righteousness in us.

So in all things our right-standing with God is given by Him, through faith, in Grace.

Another way to view righteousness is justification. God justifies us. Justification is being made just, or guiltless without shame. Remember it this way: “Just as if I’d” never sinned. Justified. Get it?

And so we see in some of these verses the term just or justified (or justification).

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

A man is justified (made clean) by faith and not by following the rules of the law. The law was our tutor (a topic we will delve into in a later post) and we no longer need a tutor now that we are under Grace.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. We can’t please God except by faith. We live faith to faith. To whom much is given much will be required. And faith produces righteousness in us; or, through faith we are justified.

We have covered a lot here, and at that we have only touched the surface. But look back over the posts in this blog and apply the terms we’ve covered so far. Look at what God wants and expects from you. In it, remember that He has not placed you in a works based requirement: Jesus came and died for you without any expectation that you do a thing — except to accept Him.

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