December 7: Acts 20:1-3 & Romans 1-3
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 for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
10 As it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:10-12 & 21-26, ESV
The Romans Road
When I consider the books of the New Testament that were written by Paul, Romans is the leader in proclaiming the Gospel, i.e. how the lost become Christians. As a matter of fact, many speak of the Romans Road, which is a series of verses from Romans which explain our hopeless condition before God, the payment of sin by the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, and our only hope for salvation through Him.
In Romans 1-3, Paul brings out three points for us to consider. First, the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Second, no one is righteous and no one seeks after God. Third, righteousness comes, not through obedience to the Law of God, but through faith in Jesus Christ.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
In the Gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed, producing faith in the new believer. You probably have heard the saying, "You must get a person lost before you can get him saved!" There is an element of truth in that saying; the problem is that people compare themselves to other people. However, as the righteousness of God is revealed to them, they begin to perceive the great sin that lies in the depths of their hearts. Suddenly they recognize the great chasm that exists between them and God!
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God."
Help! The news could not be more bleak! What can we do if no one is righteous, no one understands, and no one seeks for God? This is the really good part; salvation is all of God from beginning to end. Man sinned which separated him from God forever. God made a plan to rescue men from this hopeless situation; Jesus Christ, the only perfect man, shed His blood so that there might be a covering for man's sin. But wait! What good does that do us if no one seeks after God?
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.
We are separated from God, God opens our hearts that we might have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are kept forever in the hands of our Almighty God.
Salvation is the gift of God, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we come to Him, we come with all of our heart; we are immediately changed! Our desires are now to honor and obey the Lord, and to seek the advancement of His kingdom on this earth.
Oh, what love! God sent His only Son to be born in a manger, to grow up in the humiliation of an earthly body, and to sacrifice that body on the cross so that He may purchase a people for Himself.
Ponder that this holiday season!
God Bless You,