The Righteousness of Faith - Discerning Faith Series
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. - Romans 4:7-9
I want us to take a look into God's awesome salvation. We were all born in sin and shaped in iniquity, there was none righteous at all. Evidently, this was because of the presence of living evil inside of our flesh. The devil became our slave master who prevented us from doing the righteousness of God. Hence, God did not require sinlessness from us, rather He required our faith in His Word.
If we believed Him, He would then give us His righteousness by placing the Holy Spirit within us. The presence of the Spirit made us the manifestation of the righteousness of God, allowing us to no longer struggle with sin, but do by nature the righteousness of God. The Holy Spirit, changes the nature into sinlessness.
Belief is the only righteous thing an unbeliever can give to God. If this belief is mingled with a preference for righteousness (self-denial), God cannot but save the individual. God will pour His Holy Spirit upon them; refashioning them into a son of God.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. - Romans 10:17
Thus faith comes by hearing/reading God's word, and believing it. This is seen as righteousness in the sight of God - when He speaks and we believe.
Activity: What effect has the word of God had on your heart? Share it with friends.
This series is based on the book "Discerning Faith", by Mary Banks. Get your copy on Amazon at the link below