“For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17
Ever since God created Adam and Eve, He has wanted everyone to be righteous. Being righteous meant that a person would live his life always in the correct way according to God’s standards. Every thought, action and word would be in line with God’s rules.
Man has never been able to live that way. When Adam had sinned, it brought sin into the hearts and lives of every person since. Yet, God’s desire for man has never changed. He still wants everyone to be righteous.
The gospel message is that God loves everyone and wants to save everyone. He provided salvation to everyone through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This salvation imparts righteousness into the life of each person. The believer in Jesus is clothed with His righteousness. This is done by faith.
In and of yourself you will never be righteous. It is only by the work of Jesus that there is any righteousness in you. You must trust Jesus for that righteousness. This is where the faith comes in.
Paul quoted Habakkuk 2:4 in that the righteous will live by faith. This was stated hundreds of years before Jesus, but revealed when Jesus came.
Living by sight is trusting in what you can physically do. Living by faith is trusting in what you cannot see–what Jesus can do in you and through you.
This righteousness is for every person who believes in Jesus. It is no longer just for the Jewish person or those trained up in ministry. It is for every person.
Are you trusting Jesus for your righteousness? Or are you trusting your good works?
Are you living by faith? Or are you living by your good works?
I pray today that God will reveal to you the work Jesus has done for you; that you will trust in the work of Jesus; that you will live a life of faith in Jesus; that you will not trust your own self and works; and that you will tell others about what Jesus has done for you and can do for them.