Bible study reading
Please prayerfully read through the following portions of ministry related to this lesson.
Why is the gospel so powerful? It is powerful because the righteousness of God is revealed in it (1:17). According to John 3:16, salvation is out of God’s love. According to Ephesians 2:8, salvation is by God’s grace. But here Paul…says that it comes by the righteousness of God.
Neither love nor grace is related to the law...God is not bound to love; neither is He legally held to extend grace. Righteousness, on the contrary, is very much related to the law. Since Christ has fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law, God is bound to save us. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 2, section 4)
In eternity past God predestinated us to be His sons. However, although we were the predestinated ones, we became fallen and involved with sin. This brings in the matter of God’s righteousness…As a righteous God and a just God, He cannot forgive sinful people without meeting the demands of His righteousness.
For the sake of God’s righteousness, the Lord Jesus was put to death on the cross. There, on the cross, He was made sin for us, and God condemned sin in the flesh. By dying on our behalf the Lord accomplished redemption and fulfilled all of God’s righteous requirements. Now God has the position righteously to forgive us. In fact, He not only can forgive us, but, for the sake of His righteousness, He must forgive us. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 57, section 1)
Now that Christ has died and has been raised from among the dead, it is impossible for God to change His mind about forgiving us. Rather, we have the ground to say to Him, “O God, whether You love me or not, You must forgive me...” (Life-study of Romans, msg. 57, section 2)
Whenever our conscience condemns us because of our failures, we need to remember to stand upon the foundation of God’s righteousness.
I am deeply grateful to God for His love and grace. But my standing is upon His righteousness, the foundation of His throne. His righteousness cannot be shaken.
If we are clear concerning God’s righteousness in the gospel, we shall be at rest knowing that the righteousness of God is our eternal security. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 57, section 3)
This book covers mainly our being justified (1:1—5:11; 9:1—11:36), our having life (5:12—8:39), and our living properly by this life (12:1—16:27)…This verse…may be considered an abstract of the entire book. (Romans 1:17, footnote 3, Recovery Version)