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IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS

March 25, 2016

Friday

 

Romans 9:30

 

What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul’s question, that often marks a new argument in Romans, introduced his concluding summary, that he couched in terminology suggestive of a foot race. Israel struggled hard to obtain the prize of “righteousness,” the righteousness God requires for acceptance by Him, but crossed the finish line behind the Gentiles, who were not running as hard. Israel as a whole hoped to gain righteousness by doing good works, but believing Gentiles obtained the prize by believing the gospel. Again, the contrast between law and faith recurs. “Hardly a passage in the New Testament is stronger than this one in its exposure of the futility of works as a means of justification.

Faith is something that comes from our heart not our mind. Our mind try’s to battle with our faith at times doesn’t it? It is kind of like the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, the angel tells you that Jesus is for real while the devil tells you don’t fall for it, it doesn’t make any sense. It doesn’t matter how smart you are you can not acquire faith in Christ by any means of your own. You just can’t do it. It takes something supernatural. It takes God to give you the gift of His Spirit that will then allow you to have the faith in Christ needed for your salvation.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 4:13

 

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