The Righteousness of Faith

Apr 13, 2024

Romans 4:13, 16 - “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. [16] Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, ...”

The "Righteousness of Faith" is rooted in the biblical understanding of God's grace and mercy. It refers to God's act of imputing His righteousness onto all those who place their trust in Jesus Christ. This means that individuals are not justified by their works or adherence to the law but rather through their faith in Christ alone. 

It's important to note that if justification were solely based on following the law, then only those within the economy of Israel would be able to experience it. However, with the advent of Christ, this limitation was removed, and the Abrahamic covenant's promise became available to Jews and Gentiles who believed. Therefore, the "Righteousness of Faith" is a universal concept that speaks to the inclusiveness of God's grace and the transformative power of faith to those who are saved.

According to the Bible, all those saved by faith are considered children of Abraham by faith and heirs of God, regardless of their ethnic background. Through Christ, everyone has been given the same opportunity to receive God's saving grace, breaking down the previously existing barriers between different groups of people. 

This is the essence of the Gospel - that it is not exclusive to any particular race or culture. As stated in John 1:13, those who receive Christ are given the power to become children of God, not through any human effort or lineage, but through the transformative work of God in their lives.

An event of great significance occurred during the death of Jesus Christ when the temple curtain was torn from top to bottom, indicating that all those who believed in Christ were granted the opportunity to approach Him. 

In John 10:16, the Lord speaks of other sheep not belonging to the current flock. He states that He must also bring these sheep to Himself, and they, too, will hear His voice. The ultimate goal is to unite all under one shepherd and one flock.

The Word of God sheds light on the concept of spiritual adoption and being grafted into the vine, both of which signify our irrevocable place in God's family. Apostle Paul revealed this profound truth - in the Kingdom of God, there is no discrimination based on ethnicity or nationality, but everyone has equal access to God's love, grace, and blessings. It's a beautiful mystery highlighting the inclusiveness and unity of God's Kingdom as revealed in His Church.

In light of the current challenging situation where discrimination and cancel culture are rampant, it is imperative that we spread this powerful truth. Let us thank God for the universality of the Gospel, which offers salvation to all who receive Christ. Although not everyone will be saved, everyone has the opportunity to experience God's saving grace. Therefore, let us be courageous in introducing the Savior to everyone.

Our Prayer for today!

Dear God, I approach Your throne with a heart filled with gratitude and humility. You have showered me with Your grace and mercy, and I am grateful for the privilege of being a part of Your family. Your divine presence has transformed my life and granted me the gift of eternal salvation. I am blessed beyond measure, and I pray that I may remain steadfast in my commitment to sharing the good news of the Gospel with those who need Your saving grace. Thank You for Your unwavering love, faithfulness, and righteousness of faith. May Your name be praised always. Amen.