Romans 1:16-17 “ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
- The Gospel is about the power of God.
- It is not man’s power or strength.
- The Gospel gives salvation to all who believe in Jesus.
- The Gospel gives God’s righteousness by faith
Why is this Good News? It is because God will judge the world for their sins.
The truth is that nobody is righteous by their own deeds.
Romans 3:10-11 “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands;there is no one who seeks God.”
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
What is the glory of God? It is Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 “ For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
Jesus did not sin – He did not have a bad thought. He did not say a bad word.
He loved everyone. He also loved His enemies. He forgave them when they crucified Him.
He died on the cross. God raised Jesus from the dead.
Nobody is like Jesus – He is God – He is Righteous and Perfect.
We are not perfect like Jesus……We have all sinned.
But God does not want judge us…..God loves us so much….He wants to save us.
2nd Corinthians 5:19-21 “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made JESUS who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Jesus loves us so much.
Jesus did not sin. But He received our sins on the cross.
We sinned but we receive God’s righteousness by faith!
God gives it to us freely!
We are righteous not by our works. We are righteous because Jesus is righteous.
This is the Good News – Jesus did such a wonderful thing for us!
We receive God’s righteousness by faith and not works.
Romans 3:21-24 “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe….and all are justified freely by his grace”
What is the meaning of Grace?
Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works”
Grace cannot be received by our works.—- It is God’s gift.
What about the person who tries to be righteous by works?
Romans 4:4 “Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation.”
The person who tries to be Righteous by works will receive his wages.
God will judge the person based on his works.
If we try to be Righteous by our good works then we are sinners.
God will give the wages of death to the sinner.
But if we BELIEVE in JESUS, then we receive the GIFT of His Righteousness!
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It is a FREE GIFT when we BELIEVE in Jesus and not in our works.
Romans 4:5 “However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.”
No matter how much we have sinned, we receive God’s righteousness by believing in Jesus.
Abraham was righteous by faith and not by works.
God promised Abraham a son when he was old. Abraham did not have strength to be a father.
But Abraham believed God. God said that he is righteous.
How can we become Righteous?
We cannot be righteous by our good deeds.
But if we believe in Jesus, then God makes us righteous!
Romans 4:24-25 “but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
We are righteous because Jesus Christ did ALL the work.
Jesus did not sin but He died for our sins!
Jesus rose from the dead because He forgave all our sins.
Jesus rose from the dead because God made us righteous.
We receive God’s righteousness by faith.
It is because Jesus did all the work.
Jesus died with us in our sins. God raised us with Jesus in His righteousness.
We are righteous because Jesus is righteous.
We are righteous because Jesus was raised from the dead.
We are forgiven because Jesus will not die again!
Sin came through man’s disobedience.
But we receive God’s righteousness by Christ’s obedience.
Romans 5:19 “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”
This is the GRACE of God that He gives us HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS as a GIFT.
Romans 5:17 “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of GRACE and of the GIFT of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!”
Righteousness is not by works. It is a GIFT from God. We receive it by Faith in Jesus.
Dear friends, We are not righteous by fasting. We are not righteous by doing good deeds.
We should do good works. But we cannot attain salvation by good deeds.
Jesus died for our sins. He rose from the dead.
Everyone who believes in Jesus is freely forgiven all sin.
Everyone who believes in Jesus is righteous without doing works.
We are righteous by faith because Jesus did all the work for us.
We are Righteous by Faith because Jesus is Righteous!
1 Corinthians 1:28-31 “God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”