“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God. Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness for every one who believes.” Rom. 10 :1-4
Man has a free will and so does God. God’s will is good and He always knows what is best. The gospel, Jesus’ death and resurrection, is God’s offer to man. When you believe in Jesus, something happens in and through you. Before Jesus came to earth and gave His life on the cross, it was the law that applied. Through Jesus, the new covenant was established, where everything is by grace received through faith.
Unfortunately, there are many people who have not received the revelation of the gospel and who therefore live in bondage. They can be sincere people who are eager to please God. But unfortunately, that is not enough before God. The gospel reveals the righteousness of God, not human imperfect righteousness.
You receive the gift of righteousness by believing in Jesus. It is the way one submits to the righteousness of God. It pleases God when we believe in Jesus. It shows that we give God right, that we acknowledge His offer and way. By believing in Jesus, you are made righteous before God. And by continuing to believe in Jesus as your righteousness, you remain righteous before God and the sweet fragrance of God’s gift of righteousness will be spread through your life.
It all starts with putting your faith and trust in Jesus. And it continues in the same way, that you continue to believe and trust in Jesus. This is God’s way and we are wise if we stay on that way. When we believe in Jesus, righteous deeds will come as a fruit because Jesus lives in one’s heart. Dare to believe in Jesus, it works and will continue to work into eternity. This revelation frees us from our own achievements, to allow Jesus to both reconcile us to God and then that He lives out His life through our lives. All glory to God.
God bless you.
/ David Billström