The Message in Romans (11)

How did God make the humankind righteousness?

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus, to all who believe; there is no difference.” Romans 3:21, 22, NIV. The phrase “through faith in Jesus” reads , “Through the faithfulness of Jesus,” in the Greek. The first-century Christians used the Septuagint the only complete Bible available in the Greek language. The Greek word “pistis,” in the Septuagint, translates the Hebrew word which speaks of “fidelity, faithfulness” and describes the faithful attitude toward another human being. A growing number of the Bible translators choose the “by the faithfulness of Jesus” as a more appropriate translation.

God sent Jesus “to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14, NIV. Jesus’ mission was to redeem the humankind from the slavery in the kingdom of sin and darkness; and save it from the eternal death, as the punishment for sin. Jesus Christ remained faithful to His mission, and by suffering the “Cross of Christ” He removed our sin and the guilt for sin from us, thus, He made us righteous in the eyes of God. Jesus is trustworthy because He has faithfully accomplished everything needed for our justification and salvation. When we trust Jesus or believe IN Jesus, the Holy Spirit who comes into us enables us to make the justification by the faithfulness of Jesus our personal daily experience.

The sinful and helpless humankind could not contribute anything to the justification by the faithfulness of Jesus. We are not justified by believing IN Jesus, but by the faithfulness OF Jesus. We believe in Jesus because He justified and made us righteous in the eyes of God. In Romans chapters 3 through 7, Paul presents the very core of the good news, the completed and perfect salvation in Christ Jesus.

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