Reading in Romans this morning and thinking about power. Not just any power, but the power of God. In particular, I’m chewing on the power of God for salvation.
Own it or not, we’re all in need of salvation. Whether it’s being saved from the penalty of our transgressions against a holy God, or being saved from the power that sin continues to have over us because of the weakness of our flesh, or being saved from the perishability of sin, death, we all need to be saved. We all need the price to be paid, the victory to be known, and eternity to be secured.
And, if we’re honest, in and of ourselves we are powerless. Powerless to atone for our rebellion against a holy God. Powerless to gut it out and live lives worthy of a holy God who longs to dwell among a people called to be His own. Powerless to clothe ourselves in garments fit for eternity in the place where a holy God is enthroned.
But omnipotent–that’s our God.
And the power of God for salvation is the gospel. The good news that Jesus, God incarnate, paid the price for our sin on a Roman cross some 2,000 years ago. The good news that on the third day He rose from the grave, thus able to live in us through His Holy Spirit, providing the power to battle the flesh and it’s propensity toward sin. The good news that, even now, the risen Christ is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house.
And at the heart of that power is a righteousness–a righteousness revealed.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
(Romans 1:16-17 ESV)
The righteousness of God revealed from faith for faith. That’s why the gospel is the demonstration of an omnipotent God’s ability to rescue, redeem, and renew.
A righteousness apart from our own. Independent of anything we might try to feebly, and invariably fail, at mustering up. The righteousness of Another, the pure and perfect Son of God.
A righteousness apart from any merit. Unable to be purchased. Incapable of being earned. Neither great treasure nor a good life enough to be deserve such righteousness. Instead, the righteousness of God is revealed “from faith for faith.” Believed on in order to be received. Believed on in order to be released.
That’s the power, a righteousness revealed which is true righteousness. A holiness which is God’s holiness.
That’s the power, a righteousness received by faith alone in Christ alone.
And my failures pale in light of such power. My burdens become lighter in the context of such provision. My weariness gives way to renewal because of such belief.
Belief in the gospel. Belief in the power of God. Belief in the righteousness of Another which can be credited to my account. Appropriated by faith for faith. Faith that the price has been paid, the victory will be provided, and eternity with Him is promised.
Oh blessed salvation! Oh glorious righteousness revealed!
Because of God’s grace. Only for God’s glory.