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Devotional - week of February 12, 2017


FROM FAITH TO FAITH

… … the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”  Romans 1:17

The New Testament teaches t two types of righteousness. One is declared righteousness—called “justification.”

When one by faith receives Jesus as Lord and Savior God justifies him. That is, God declares him to be righteousness. This does not mean that immediately he becomes a righteous person. It does mean that God will relate to him as though he is as righteous as Jesus. And it means that he has the potential to be righteous.

The second type of righteousness taught in the New Testament is realized righteousness. This means that we actually become a righteous person.

Realized righteousness also is ours by faith. Read Paul’s statement in Philippians 3:8-9

I also count all things loss … that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith

From the moment Paul received Jesus as Savior and Lord, he was justified—the Lord declared him to be righteous. From that moment on, the Father related to him as though he was as righteous as Jesus.

But Paul’s expressions of Philippians 3:8-9 make it plain that he needed a realized righteousness.

He knew that the realized righteousness would come through his faith and not by trying to keep the law.

Romans 5:17 says we must continue to receive righteousness. Romans 6:14 states that when we obey the commands of 6:11-13, we are under grace. That is, we are now living by faith and receiving the realized righteousness. God is living out His righteousness through us.

We never generate righteousness by our own efforts. We receive righteousness—which is from faith to faith.