Romans Lesson 5 Day 2
My answers to BSF study questions
3. Righteousness — dikalosune (Greek) right with God
Just, the quality of being right. Broadly, the word suggests conformity to the revealed will of God in all respects. Dikalosune is both judicial and gracious. God declares the believer righteous, in the sense of acquitting him, and imparts righteousness to him (2 Corinthians 5:21). (Word Wealth entry in Spirit Filled Life study Bible)
This righteousness isn’t earned, it’s received through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah. We receive His righteousness.
Paul wrote to Timothy —
I look forward to what’s in store for me: a crown of righteousness that the Lord—the always right and just judge—will give me that day (but it is not only for me, but for all those who love and long for His appearing).
How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 MSG
I grew up hearing “saved by grace“— grace being God’s favor I didn’t earn and didn’t deserve. But it seemed like after that new birth event, I had to work to keep God from being disappointed and angry with me.
Thankfully, six years ago on a plane trip to Chicago, I sat next to a woman who helped me understand. Now I know, God’s not mad at me. Period. When He looks at me, He sees our blood covenant. He sees Jesus.
4. Apart from the law—
Other Bible versions translate this phrase in the following ways:
—without keeping the requirements of the law ~ NLT
—closed the path of salvation by merit ~ The Epistles of Paul in Modern English
—independently and altogether apart from the Law ~ AMPC
Enduring Word Commentary
God’s righteousness is not offered to us as something to take up the slack between our ability to keep the law and God’s perfect standard. It’s not given to supplement our own righteousness, it is given completely apart from our own attempted righteousness.
The law cannot save us, but God reveals a righteousness that will save us, apart from the law. This is the essence of God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is a salvation that is offered apart from the law, apart from our own earning and deserving, apart from our own merits. ~ Guzik
5. a. The Old Testament told the Jews this righteousness was coming.
Abram believed God and trusted in His promises, so God counted it to his favor as righteousness. Genesis 15:6 Voice
I will put My law within them. I will write it on their hearts. . . . For all of them will know Me intimatelythemselves—from the least to the greatest of society. I will be merciful when they fail and forgive their wrongs. I will never call to mind or mention their sins again. Jeremiah 31:33-34 Voice
I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit inside of you and inspire you to live by My statutes and follow My laws. Ezekiel 36:26-27 Voice
It’s always been about His love and what’s in our hearts.
b. For all who believe
God’s gift of righteousness, His gift that puts us in right standing with Him, is available for all who believe.
- Believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death.
- Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God.
- Voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that “Jesus is Lord.”
- Confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation. Romans 10:9-10 Voice
It matters because God wants to have a close relationship with us. He doesn’t want slaves, so He gave us the right to choose. Like the story about the lost son, all we have to do is head toward our heavenly Father. He is watching, waiting, and longing for us to get tired of going our own selfish way. That’s why He made it so simple.
Since I have heard and since I have believed and received God’s gift, I now share the Good News with others.
But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to. Romans 10:16-17 MSG Emphasis added
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 5 Day 2 ~ Romans 3:21-23