The Righteousness of Faith ~ The Roman Road

I want to spend a bit of time explaining the righteousness of faith from Romans 4…

Righteous by faith

First, Abraham was proclaimed as righteous even before the covenant he made with God which was sealed by circumcision. This was due to his faith.⠀

“For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed in (trusted in) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living and right standing with God).” ⠀

Romans 4:3 AMPC⠀

Remember, faith is what pleases God (Heb. 11:6). Our salvation is through faith alone, therefore, God is perfectly justified in imparting AND imputing righteousness to us through Christ Jesus. All it takes is a little faith on our part. God does the rest. ⠀

Righteousness apart from works 

Second, our righteousness (both imputed and imparted) is apart from works. This topic can be controversial as ‘imparted righteousness’ is often referred to as our sanctification. Traditionally the church teaches this is a process. I would disagree with this as it leads to a form of ‘schizophrenic Christianity’. Rather, than working towards your sanctification, steward what has already been freely given in Christ. (If you’d like more teaching on this, let me know?) Righteousness is always apart from works.⠀

Faith calls things into being

Finally, faith calls things into being which do not actually exist. In this instance, it is our righteousness in Christ that manifests. We are declared righteous by God’s grace working through our faith.⠀

“That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”⠀⠀

Romans 4:16-17 ESV⠀⠀

There is so much more I could say on this topic. Time does not permit. If you have questions or comments, please leave them below…

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