Word For The Week
"But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify"
Having argued at some lenght that it is impossible for people to become righteous in God's sight by our own efforts, Paul now tells us wonderful news about how we can be right with God. This verse teaches us a number of vitally important things about true righteousness:
- True righteousness comes from God - it does not come from within us, but from above.
- True righteousness has been revealed by God - it has not been discovered or invented by people.
- True righteousness is apart from law - it is not attained by trying harder to keep God's law.
- True righteousness is testified to by the Old Testament - it is apart from law, but the Law and Prophets testify to it.
Paul will go on to explain that it is only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his sacrificial death that anyone will become truly righteous in the sight of God.