It was Romans that sparked the Reformation of the 16th century and just about every other significant move since then. Romans is special because in it Paul presents his revelation of the life and work of Jesus Christ. And what a gospel it is! Justification by faith Rms !

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The book of Romans was written to explain the Gospel so that anybody could understand it. Paul started off with this statement in Romans 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. That is a radical statement. Nobody talked this way, because the word literally means nearly-too-good-to-be-true news. It referred to news that was so awesome, nothing really justified using it.

Nothing was nearly too good to be true. But Paul said he was not ashamed of the Gospel. The next verse in Romans 1 says, For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

You receive the righteousness of God by grace through faith Eph. Last I checked, people were sinning without a license! But, see, this is the immediate reaction when you start talking about righteousness by faith.

They think you need to make people aware of their sin and the wrath of God. God has put in every single person who has ever breathed an intuitive knowledge that they are a sinner and that they deserve rejection instead of acceptance. This is a powerful parable.

Let me ask you: Are you like the Pharisee or the publican? Do you trust in what you do for the Lord or what He has done for you? If a person is putting faith in all of their religious acts—all of their holiness—then that will actually block them from righteousness and relationship with God. That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. This says there are two types of righteousness: a faith righteousness and a righteousness that comes by the Law.

Righteousness by the Law is a righteousness based on performance. In other words, if you did ninety-nine out of a hundred things right and one thing wrong, according to the Law of righteousness, you would be unrighteous.

If you put your faith in Jesus, you would receive His righteousness—faith righteousness—even though you did ninety-nine out of a hundred things wrong! What a deal! Their only hope of entering into heaven instead of hell is that they go to church, they try to be good, they live up to some standard of morality. They were trying to earn what God had given as a gift. The rest of Romans says, For they stumbled at that stumblingstone.

Then when you tell them sinners who only put faith in God are more righteous than they are Matt. You could have more holy acts than anyone you know, but who wants to be the best sinner who ever went to hell? All have sinned and come short of the glory of God Rom. We need a Savior! The only thing we have to offer is faith. Jesus either paid for it all, or He paid for nothing at all!

If you try to mix the two, you have totally polluted what Jesus has done. It takes a supernatural revelation by the Holy Spirit to be able to understand this. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. I encourage you to just humble yourself and ask God for a supernatural revelation of this truth. When you truly get a hold of the grace of God, I guarantee you, it sets you free from sin, not free to sin.

Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free John Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God Rom.


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