Day 2: The just shall live by faith.
‘For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.’ Rom. 1:17
Additional reading: Hab.2:4; Rom.3:21-22; 8:12-13; 9:30; 14:13-23; Heb.10:38.
We are saints not as dead men but those made alive by the redemptive blood of Jesus Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit. If we had not believed the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ we would not have had redemption, and if Jesus had not redeemed us, then, we would not have been saints. Therefore, having received redemption, we are called to continue living in it —- by faith. Faith, therefore, should be a lifestyle of the redeemed.
So, Paul writing to the Romans said: ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jews first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith’ (Rom.1:16-17). Paul is clear on one issue; the gospel of Jesus Christ, which he is not ashamed of, is the power of God unto salvation — how? If we believe – to everyone that believeth. There is a word that ties or links vv16-17 together in order to make sense, and that is the word FOR…
For (gar; assigning a reason –– used in argument, explanation or intensification; because, that, even, indeed, therefore, verily) therein (en; primary preposition denoting fixed position — in place, time, or state, and by implication, instrumentality; in, at, on, upon) is the righteousness (dikaiosyne; equity — of character or act; specifically Christian justification) of God revealed (apokalypto; to take off the cover, i.e. disclose) from (ek, ex; a primary preposition denoting origin — the point whence motion or action proceeds) faith (pistis; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction — of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher, especially reliance upon Christ for salvation) to faith: as it is written, The just (dikaios; equitable – in character or act; by implication innocent, holy — abstractly or relatively:- just, meet, right) shall live (zao; to live; or life, lifetime, live, alive, lively, quick) by (ek, ex; a primary preposition denoting origin — the point whence motion or action proceeds) faith.’
Paul argues that he is not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ because therein — right there in that gospel, in nowhere else but the gospel, is the equity of God, God’s fair character towards the Jews revealed, then, to the Greek s and the rest of the world. Therefore, having been declared innocent, right or meet by accepting this gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation by our expression of reliance on Jesus Christ to save us, one thing remains; we are to live our lifetime relying, trusting in God daily for everything, which pertains to us. As we were saved by faith, we are to continue daily in it — our point of entry into salvation ––faith. The righteousness of God is disclosed from one point of faith to another, thus, as we continue to live by faith, God discloses, uncovers more of His faithfulness to us, and so, we in turn mature in our faith walk with God — trusting Him for every detail of our lives. Except we mature in one level of faith, we cannot get to another, thus, we are to live daily by faith — trusting Him to provide all our needs by faith and not by our works.
In view of this, Prophet Habakkuk said: ‘Behold, his soul which is lifted up (aphal; to swell, be elated: – be lifted up, presume) is not upright (yasar; to be straight or even, to make right, right, pleasant, prosperous: – direct, fit, seem good, seem right, please, please well, be right.) in him: but the just (tsaddiyq, sadiq; just, lawful, righteous man) shall live (chayah, haya; to live, to revive, nourish up, be whole) by his faith (emuna emuna; firmness, moral fidelity, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily).’
Whichever testament one may look at, we are to live our lives not presuming that we are nourished or made whole by our efforts, for this does not please God, but to daily trust God to provide our needs –– the just shall live by faith –– this is God’s express command to us — daily trusting Him, as we are nourished by our faith in God.
Meditation: Is my faith in God still at the point of redemption? Do I trust Him well enough to meet all my needs or is my soul lifted up?
Prayer: Teacher me daily LORD to trust You for every detail of my life, in Jesus name, Amen.