August 10, 2009

Righteousness Through Christ, Not the Law

This morning I read the entire chapter 10 of Romans. I'm going to write only about Romans 10:1-4 today, but this is a really great chapter for us as believers to understand what we have in salvation, and what we should be doing to witness to others. Paul says his "hearts desire and prayer to God for them (his brother's or Israel) is that they may be saved." Israel was all about their knowledge of the Word of God, but they didn't understand their need for a Savior. They rejected Christ and missed their need for His saving grace. Verse 4 "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes."

I love the New King James version of Titus 3:5 because my wife and I originally learned it together in a Bible study. It goes like this:

NKJ "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit"

or my current version, English Standard Version:

ESV "he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit"

They both help us realize we can no earn salvation through good works we do. It is only the mercy of God through the gracious gift of His Son that we can have salvation from our sins.

Praise God for Righteousness through Christ and His Mercy.