THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
Jesse M. Hendley
We have found out in studying Romans that "the
righteousness" of God means God declaring man as
righteous as He is, if that man has faith in the Lord
Jesus Christ. We learn that from Romans 1:16 and 17.
This theme runs through the entire book. Paul, in
Romans 1:17, was banking everything upon that
statement from Habakkuk, "The just shall live by
faith." Or, "The righteous shall live by faith." And
righteous means right in the sight of God. Any man can
be declared right in God's sight. How? By simply
putting his faith in Jesus. Anybody can do this. So
only through faith in Him can God declare him
Now Romans 3:21-28. Martin Luther said this was the
key-passage of the entire Word of God. "But now, apart
from the law, the righteousness of God is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the
righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ
unto all and upon all them that believe. For there is
no difference, no distinction; for all have sinned and
fallen short of the glory of God; Being justified
freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus, Whom God sent forth to be a propitiation
through faith in His Blood."
Now that is an involved sentence, and we will break it
up in order to understand it better. Remember what
goes before this passage. The man who has faith in
Christ is righteous; the man who does not have faith
in Christ is not righteous. In chapter one, Paul
presents to us the condemnation upon SIN! My, the
catalogue of sins he mentions there. In chapter three,
he sums up the whole world as condemned and under sin.
Now he does it in order to present the contrast of
God's glorious salvation. He doesn't do it in order
just to condemn us, but in order that we will WANT His
salvation. Now having told us we are condemned, he
says, "But now, apart from the law, a ...
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