Watering the Word
April 26, 2013
Hold Onto The Word
April 28, 2013
Watering the Word
April 26, 2013
Hold Onto The Word
April 28, 2013

Righteousness Can’t Be Earned

Great Grandson Dustin at 8 months 2013

Great Grandson Dustin at 8 months 2013

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 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: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26

A few days ago, we looked at verses 19 and 20, learning that the law showed us what sin is, but couldn’t help us overcome it. Paul goes on to show grace does overcome.

Righteousness, once spelled “rightwiseness” is “the character or quality of being right or just. It is used to denote an attribute of God.” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words) It has to do with God’s faithfulness, truthfulness, and being right. You see it throughout the Old Testament associated with God’s grace. Of Abraham, the Word says, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6) This was righteousness apart from the law as the law had not yet been given.

“1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.” (Isaiah 62:1-2)

After the law was given, it would be the means to righteousness. “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.” (Deuteronomy 6:25) The problem, of course, is the doing of all these commandments.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We just couldn’t keep the law. No matter what, we all have sinned. We come short of God’s righteousness. We inherited our sin nature from Adam. The law was given to show we can’t become righteous through our obedience to the law because we always come up short trying.

But do not despair, there is more to this story.