“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” ~Romans 1:17
What is the righteousness of God and how does it work in our practical life? I have to admit, from the time I was saved or regenerated in Christ, I have not always lived right or righteous, I practiced in life dominating sin, and did not bring any glory to God. I questioned, in a very depressed condition, am I believer? But God! In the midst of those dark moments, he made himself known.
The righteousness of God is not the perfect characteristics or flawless attributes that only ascribed to God’s uniqueness; but positional righteousness or right standing with our Creator. This only comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the righteousness that redeems us back to a place of perfect peace, loving harmonious relationship/fellowship with God. This is a miracle of God’s mercy displaying God’s grace towards Humanity. However, Peter says Repent and be baptized.
Repentance is an action, reaction, or response to the gospel. It is the awareness of a need to make necessary change or the turning the away from the current situations. It is the remorse or the hating of the life and sin that previously consumed our lives. It turns us away from a selfish, sinful life that has no value for kingdom business. Salvation is not fire insurance that only escapes believers from hell, but produces fruit that honors God. Is God pleased in the way we are handling His truth, His grace, His sacrificial cross experience?
I might sound a little legalistic, but faith that yields good fruit. The beautiful reality; it is the faith in God that produces that fruit. Faith and repentance work sequentially, and Jesus is not just our Savior, He is our Lord of our life.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full time staff member at America’s Keswick.
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Daily Quote: God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a ‘No Fishing’ sign over the spot. ~Dwight L Moody
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith ~Philippians 1:25 (NKJV)