God’s righteousness is God’s gift to man
We are now on week three of an introduction into the book of Romans, the righteousness of God revealed.
If you get, can grasp Romans, than God gets you for you will understand what He offers and what You get when you accept His offer.
The book is split into several easy to see sections.
Introduction to the righteousness of God (1:1-17)
The Righteousness proclaimed (1:18-3:20)
The Righteousness presented (3:21-5:21)
The Righteousness perfected (6:1-8:39)
The Righteousness purposed (9:1-11:36)
The Righteousness performed (12:1-15:13)
One other one has it broken down as
The problem (1:1-3:20)
The provision (3:21-6:12)
The power (6:13-8:37)
The predicament (9:1-11:36
The practice (12:1-16:27)
(Other scriptures referenced in intro: Rom3:10; 2Cor5:21; 1Jn2:1)
(Transition) In Rom3:10 it says Rom3:10 “10 as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one;” Later paul says 2Cor5:21 “21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
So, through Jesus the Righteous One (ref: 1Jn2:1) we have accesses to become the righteousness of God.
This great book is all about God and His righteousness and that relationship with the believer.
So, in short here is what I hope we cover this morning in our last part of our introduction to Romans, the Righteousness of God
God’s righteousness and the believer
God’s righteousness through the believer
God’s righteousness at work
God’s greatest gift is love, is the Son.
Followed by the Spirit to those who believe which imparts godly righteousness, not a righteousness of our own, but His!
Righteousness given, for righteousness needed (Rom3:10)
we have no righteousness of our own
Righteousness given needs to be righteousness confessed (Rom10:3-10)
The Jews had their own form of righteousness and refused to to subject themselves to righteousness of God (v.3-4)
The righteousness of God is available to all who believe (v.4)
A righteousness based on faith (v.6-8)
Should then be confessed
What brings the righteousness as noted in (v.10)?
And what are the results?
Righteousness given only comes through the giver, Jesus (Gal2:21)
For you received that righteousness when you were saved by faith through grace (Eph2:8-9; Tit3:4-7)
For by grace you are saved by faith
By the washing and regeneration of the Holy Spirit
So, be wrapped in God’s righteousness (Isa61:10)
It was a present tense understanding to Isaiah; He knew the promise of being washed white as snow!
It is a present tense for us today who believe!
So, be wrapped in the robe of righteousness!
That song I mentioned earlier and gave the first verse of it, well the next verse is the same but it is about righteousness, we want it, God has it and wants us to have it.
The chorus of the song says this:
So, take my heart and mold it
Take my mind, transform it
Take my will, conform it
To Your, To Yours, Oh Lord
(Transition) God’s gift of righteousness to man that saves man starts to change us to we desire what He desires.
God’s righteousness revealed
God’s righteousness has been revealed, and by its revelation there are many benefits.
Revealed historically through deliverance from bondage in Egypt.
Revealed through Jesus being handed over (Rom4:25)
Rom4:25 “25 He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”
Revealed through the Gospel (Rom1:16-17)
Rom1:16-17 “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.””
Revealed so that grace may reign in righteousness (Rom5:17)
rom5:17 “17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
That righteousness may reign in Jesus Christ (Rom5:21)
rom5:21 “21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Righteousness revealed by redemption through Jesus Christ (Rom3:23-24)
Rom3:23-24 “23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;”
And it is free gift (Rom6:23)
(Transition) this revealed righteousness is made possible by God through Jesus by faith.
Righteousness of God through faith
The revealed available righteousness is through faith.
Our faith is objective, and the object is faith in Jesus Christ
Something to ponder, what does your faith look like, is your faith evident?
Our faith has a principle - it excludes boasting (Rom3:27-31; Rom4:45; Rom9:30-33)
You cannot work yourself into righteousness
Righteousness is only by faith, not by works
Without the righteousness of God received through faith, we are lost and separated from God
One more passage to consider this morning and let’s look together, turn to Rom10.
What is Paul’s heart desire (v.1)?
What is the problem Paul identifies (vv.2-3)?
What is the requirement for righteousness (v.4)?
As we are going to continue to look at the righteousness of God through book of Romans so that we can be God’s righteousness to the world may we look in the mirror to start and be willing to acknowledge your own brokenness outside of Christ and evaluate your place in Christ and what you are going to do with it.
It is foundational, it is instrumental, it is needed and it is provided.
Here are a few things to consider when it comes to God’s righteousness.
It is the foundation of our faith (2Pt1:1)
It is something worth pursuing (1Tim6:11)
It endures forever (2Cor9:8-10)
Oh, don’t miss the fact that it makes it possible for by your sowing it will increase your harvest of your righteousness!
It is what we hope and wait for (Gal5:5)
It is the kingdom of God (Rom14:17)
This is more than peace that the world offers, absence of conflict, but God’s peace, God’s righteousness that is imputed on the believer.
This is our joy, in the Holy Spirit!
This heavenly assurance.
(transition) we can have faith in many different things (relationships, money, prestige, position) but only the righteousness of God will get you into heaven.
It is only “the” faith that gets you there, and that is vitally and eternally important so may we now look at God’s righteousness and the believer.