by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Romans 1:16-17

Let us turn again to the Book of Romans. Romans is the
heart of the Bible because it gives so plainly the
Plan of Salvation. And the heart of Romans is the
teaching of God's righteousness for unrighteous men.
This was the great question that Job raised. "How can
a man be just before God? How can a man be righteous
in the eyes of God?" The answer is that God DECLARES
men righteous when they put their FAITH in the Lord
Jesus Christ.

Now who is the man God calls righteous? How MUCH is
that man righteous in the eyes of God?

Romans 1:16 and 17. Here is the key verse. Paul
introduces the Plan of God. (I am reading from the
Revised Version). "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel,
for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone
that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the
Greek. For therein is revealed the righteousness of
God from faith unto faith, as it is written (in
Habakkuk 2:4), The righteous shall live by faith."
Paul says he is not disappointed in "The Gospel." The
subject of Romans is the Gospel, the Good News that
God has made the way whereby unrighteous men shall be
righteous and come into His Presence. That is Good
News! If you tell me that because I am a sinner, that
God has made arrangements whereby that can all be done
away and I can come into His Presence uncondemned and
live with Him throughout eternity, that is Good News.
That is the Gospel. That IS the Good News.

Now the Gospel brings SAFETY from the consequences of
our sin. We don't have to go to Hell. We don't have to
taste of judgment. There IS no judgment for us for we
are SAVED, SAFE, by the grace of God. Who is saved?
Verse 16: "Everyone that believeth." That means every
one that has faith. Nothing is said about feelings.
Nothing is said about experiences. He said, if you
turn yourself over to the Lord Jesus Christ, believing
He died for you ...

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