Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Word Study Wednesday - Righteousness

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith.” ~~Romans 1:16-17 (NIV)

Righteousness. How does one become righteous? By obeying all the rules? Have you obeyed all the rules? Never sinned? According to Scriptures, we all have sinned and fall short.

What is righteousness? According to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance it means

1. in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God

  1. the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God
  2. integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting

If we cannot follow all the rules or laws, how are we to obtain “the condition acceptable to God?” None of us have to power in us to obtain righteousness, but as it says in verse 17, “a righteousness that is by faith.” We must have faith. But faith in what?

Since righteousness is unobtainable by human efforts, it is achieved by faith in the gospel of Christ. “In response to faith this righteousness is imputed by God in justification and imparted progressively in regeneration and sanctification, culminating in glorification when standing and state become identical.”[1]

Paul quotes Habakkuk 2:4. In many English versions you’ll see the word “just” translated for righteous. These two words are closely related in the Greek. “Righteousness” is dikaiosynÄ“, and “justify” is dikaioŨ. To justify a person is to declare him forensically (legally) righteous. As a result of faith in Christ, a person is declared “righteous” and is given eternal life. What a marvelous work of God!”[2]

Therefore, as we focus on Christ, the Messiah, this season we by faith believe He was born of a virgin. But let us also believe that He was the Lamb who was slain, and rose again. By faith in Jesus, we are approved by God--righteous. If we have God’s approval, we can boldly and unashamedly declare the gospel to this world.

Engrafted by His Grace--

[1]Walvoord, John F. ; Zuck, Roy B. ; Dallas Theological Seminary: The Bible Knowledge Commentary : An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL : Victor Books, 1983-c1985, S. 2:441

[2]Walvoord, John F. ; Zuck, Roy B. ; Dallas Theological Seminary: The Bible Knowledge Commentary : An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL : Victor Books, 1983-c1985, S. 2:441

8 gracious comments:

Michelle V said...


Thank you for that! And I had just read that scripture in Romans this morning in my Cover to Cover reading.


Momofsix said...

Righteousness- ah- that struggle we all have- the level we all want to obtain- righteousness.

We read in scripture how one was described righteous, and I always struggle with thoughts of, well if they were righteous, does that mean they were perfect?

We miss conceive righteousness and perfection!- For we as Humans can not be perfect, or flawless without the Blood of Christ- no matter how good we are as people. Righteousness is obtain through faith, and living the path that Christ set for us! (right?)
Thanks for the word study-Shonda!
Angie Sellers

Shonda said...

That's right Angie, only by faith in Christ can we be righteous. No one can be perfect. I'm thankful for Christ!! I'm thankful for the Scriptures that show us righteous people were not perfect. I know there is hope for me!! LOL!

Blessings in Christ-

GratefulinGA said...

Grace, Grace, i am so grateful for His Grace.
thanks Shonda

Jennifer said...

I love the fact that we have God's approval. It's so easy to seek other people's approval and forget that it is God's that we need the most.

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

hey sweet friend - just dropping by to say hello!! much love from Illinois - and coldness!! yuck! love, Leigh

Connie Arnold said...

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Ang baylis said...

I just read in our readings this morning about being "Engrafted by Grace" and I thought about you and how you sign your name with it! To be honest, I never really "got it" until I read it today. I have an understanding now. I will always think of you when I read that part of Romans. God speaks through my girlfriends and I am very grateful. Have a great Sunday!
Angie xoxo