The Just Shall Live By Faith

Romans 1:16–17 — “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

October 31, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the day when Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses” and effectually began what is known in history as the Protestant Reformation.  The statement that the Apostle Paul makes in Romans 1:17 is long remembered as the statement that opened Luther’s eyes to justification by faith:

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Precedent

The apostle Paul often used verses and statements from the Hebrew Scriptures in ways that did not always fit their original context.  That “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” is enough for me to accept that these quotations are used correctly.

An example of this is in Romans 10, where Paul, speaking of salvation by grace through faith is also available to the Jew even in the time of their national blindness, makes the statement “for whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).  Most of us when quoting this verse use it in much the same way that Paul uses it here, except we use to say how salvation by grace through faith is available to all.  In Joel 2:32, however, it is about the salvation that the people of Israel will receive during the future day of the LORD.

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The Righteousness of God

Romans 1:16–17 — “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

The two verses above are a great declaration from scripture regarding the purpose of this great epistle:  the revelation of the righteousness of God.  These were covered as a part of the entire passage in the last study, of how Paul is not ashamed to stand up and preach the gospel of Christ in the capital of the world. Continue reading “The Righteousness of God”

The Power of God at the Center of the World

Romans 1:13–17 — “Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

In this passage, we find out that the Apostle Paul had great intentions to get to Rome.  “Now I would not have you ignorant” was the way that he made his intention known unto them.  This phrase or similar is found several times in Paul’s epistles, see the following references:

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That Ye May Be Established

Romans 1:8–12 — “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”

Before beginning to discuss the Apostle Paul’s words in this chapter, I want to point out something that may make you scratch your head:

If we turn one page back in our Bible to Acts chapter 28, we read of how Paul reached Rome, being escorted there by the government of Rome, and after three days he did something:

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Grace to You and Peace

Romans 1:7 — “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul had many kind things to say about the saints at Rome, but the first kindness that he had for them was not about them, it was to them; and it did not originate with him, but it was from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.