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21 May 2020

Present Demonstration of God's Righteousness

SYNOPSIS:  The “righteousness of God” refers to the faithfulness of God to His promises that is demonstrated in the salvation provided in Jesus.

Cross - Photo by Timeo Buehrer on Unsplash
Timeo Buehrer on Unsplash
Chapters 2 and 3 of the letter to the Romans present the Gospel as the Great Leveler - Both Jews and Gentiles have fallen short, therefore both stand under the just “sentence of God,” members of both groups are destined for “wrath,” at least potentially.

All men and women are “without excuse” because every one of them has sinned, therefore no one is in a proper state to judge others. Without Divine assistance, all men and women, regardless of race, whether “within the law” or “apart from the law,” are doomed to experience God’s final wrath on a coming “Day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,” for “there is no respect of persons with God.”

On a future day, “God will render to each one according to his works.” The future aspect of His wrath is emphasized in this section of the letter to the church at Rome, although Paul does not state precisely when the “wrath” will be inflicted on sinful humanity. But it will be unleashed on “the day on which God judges the secrets of men…through Christ Jesus.” Elsewhere, he links this “day of wrath” to the day on which Jesus arrives from heaven to “rescue” his faithful saints (1 Thessalonians 1:10).

The Apostle describes how on that day God will “reveal His righteous judgment.” He uses this same Greek word for “revelation” (apokalypsis) rendered elsewhere as the “revelation of Jesus from heaven,” an event destined to occur at the end of the age. And Paul states in no uncertain terms that God will “judge the world” at that time (Romans 2:5, 3:6, 1 Corinthians 1:7, 2 Thessalonians 1:7).

Using a series of scriptural proof-texts, he demonstrates that “both Jews and Greeks are all under sin” - “All have sinned and lack the glory of God,” therefore, men and women are not set right with God “from the works of the Law.” Instead, the Law serves to “expose sin.” (Romans 3:9-18, 3:23).

The “righteousness of God” is being revealed at present by means of the proclamation of the Gospel - “Through the faith of Jesus Christ for all who believe.” God declares those who believe in Jesus to be “righteous by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” and all this apart from the works required by the Torah - (Romans 3:22-24).

This has been done “with a view to a showing forth of His righteousness in the present season.” In this paragraph, the stress falls on the present reality of the righteousness of God, which is demonstrated in the proclamation of the gospel to all nations, clear evidence of His faithfulness to redeem and set right all men who respond in faith (Romans 3:19-30).
The faithfulness of God is unveiled and put on display in the here and now whenever He declares men and women to be in right-standing before him, and this because of the “faith of Jesus Christ” and their response to it in faith.
It is the provision of forgiveness and salvation in Jesus that demonstrates the righteousness of God. Paul speaks of His “righteousness” from an Old Testament perspective - “Righteousness” refers to the faithfulness of God to His promises, not to an abstract concept of some absolute moral standard required of us by Him or one inherent in His nature. By providing the means of escape from the future “wrath,” God is more than faithful to His promises.

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