Monday, April 30
Faith unto Righteousness
I spent some good time in Romans the last few days - I get the impression that the Romans were losing the balance between works and faith and how they fit into the Lord's gospel. In Paul's writings to them it seems that they must have been preoccupied by the law and the works of the law because he spends a lot of time reminding them that it is by faith that we are ultimately saved. The law does not save us. That is not to say that works or the law are irrelevant but rather that ALL the power to save rests alone in the power of the Savior Jesus, and that faith in him is counted as righteousness unto us, and therein are we saved. So as not to confuse, the apostles were clear to teach that faith without works is dead, being alone - but we should never be confused where the saving power resides. It is in, and only in, the grace of Jesus.