JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

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JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

Introduction

The subject of “Justification by Faith” is an argument, proposed by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:17 where he starts by introducing God’s revelation to humankind concerning unrighteousness: That this was a God-given revelation in the beginning and throughout man’s history (faith to faith) within the “Gentile’s law of nature and the Jews law of Moses. However, Paul further exclaims, “that neither of them could be justified by their obedience to the respective laws under which they were, but that they both stood in need of the righteousness of God.” [1] As Paul is strictly a preacher of the Gospel of salvation through Christ Jesus, there is no doubt he had to find another style of presenting the
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What, or Who, is God’s Righteousness

In Romans 1:17 we encounter the phrase “the righteousness of God”. This phrase does not necessarily refer to God’s uprightness, holiness, or purity, or His faithfulness in keeping His promises, nor the justice He will serve at the judgment but the means by which He provides salvation for humankind. Therefore, “the righteousness of God” refers to Christ Jesus for he obediently fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old Testament, which began in Genesis 3:15, and faithfully accomplished the Father’s promises. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." NIV
Our faith in Christ Jesus, as our personal savior, justifies us in the sight of the Father because we testify to the pure, holy, and righteous blood that he shed to save us from sin, hell, the grave and eternal death. Here “the righteousness of God” and “the revelation of the wrath of God” compare to having a significant relationship. The Apostle Paul is actually teaching us that without receiving Christ and becoming a “son of God” (John 1:12) we remain criminals to the heavenly government of God and “the wrath of God”, which is eternal separation from the Father becomes the reward (in this case, punishment) for our unrighteousness. We cannot save ourselves and anything we claim good enough to make us free from
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