“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.
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31
John is coming to a close in this book. He states that with all that he recorded of Jesus doing miracles, there was still much more that were not recorded. The few that he recorded was to have a record so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah and by that belief have life.
No one alive today was in Israel at the time Jesus walked on this earth. All that can be seen today is the written records of who He was and what He did.
These records point out that Jesus is the Messiah and one can be saved through Him. Once a person can see that, it must be accompanied by a belief in those words.
As a person believes in those words, one can see with his heart Jesus for who He really is. Jesus will reveal Himself to you through the Gospel messages and through others.
There are many people who like the Bible as just a group of good stories. Or it is just something a pastor talks from on Sunday. The Bible, with the Gospel messages, is God’s way of showing His love for you and His plan for your life.
Do you believe the message given? When you are in doubt read the Bible. When you are questioning your walk with God, read the Bible. Believe what is written there and apply it to your life. Have the life that God is offering you. Along with having that life, pass it on to others.
Stay in God’s Word to keep your eyes on Jesus and to know Him more. As you stay in His Word you will be able to have your own Gospel record written of all that Jesus has done for you and in you. He is still doing miracles today for you. Are you living that life? Are you believing in Jesus?
I pray today that God’s Word will be real to you; that you will know Jesus in a more personal way; that you believe in Jesus as the Messiah; that you will have the life Jesus offers; and that you will live the life Jesus offers.