What is The Righteousness of God Without the Law?

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets (Rom. 3:21 KJV)

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In the book of Romans, Paul explores various aspects of righteousness. In Chapter 3, he specifically examines the righteousness of God without the Law. Let us delve into this form of righteousness and its significance for us.

Righteousness refers to the “status of legal rectitude that satisfies the moral requirements of God’s character.” It has been correctly termed “right being and right living” according to God’s law or requirements. By default, righteousness is achieved through doing what is right (1 John 3:7).

For the Israelites, righteousness was obtained through obedience to the Law. They strove to do what the Law prescribed, and their righteousness resulted from their works—it was their righteousness (Romans 10:5). However, it was impossible to obey every commandment of the Law perfectly. Recognizing this weakness, the Lord introduced a different way for people to be made right with Him: the righteousness of God without the Law.

Firstly, it is important to note that this righteousness is called God’s righteousness, not ours. Secondly, it exists apart from the Law. It is the righteousness that comes from faith in Jesus rather than from obedience to the Law. This concept was so radical that the Jews struggled to accept it, even seeking to kill Paul for preaching about God’s grace.

When we place our trust in Jesus, God graciously bestows His righteousness upon us as a gift, apart from the Law and independent of our efforts to earn it.

Meditate

Take a moment to reflect on this profound truth: You received righteousness as a gift when you trusted Jesus.

Apply the Word

Like the Jews, many Christians still grapple with fully embracing this fundamental principle of grace. Receiving God’s righteousness as a gift can be challenging. However, this is why we renew our minds to think as God does. Allow this truth to penetrate your spirit, shape your self-perception, and transform your walk with God. When we receive God’s righteousness, it empowers us to live righteously daily.

Pray

Thank the LORD for His magnificent gift of righteousness.

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