Dynamite Squared and Then Some (Part 3)

“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

The Greek word, dunamos, is translated in our Bibles, ‘power.’ The word, dynamite, is derived from this Greek term. We could state, “The power of the gospel is, literally, dynamite!

Why does Paul use the word, ‘power’ to describe the finished work of Jesus Christ? Very soon, he will begin to describe the effects of sin on the world. The fallen state he will describe is universal. Everything has been cursed because of Adam’s disobedience in Eden (Genesis 3). The answer to such a cataclysmic event must require a greater solution. Paul says that sinful people, who have no righteousness… must somehow become righteous.

But it’s impossible! Every human being has one thing in common with Adam. We all inherited his sin nature (Romans 5:12). We sin because we’re sinners. We cannot be sinful and righteous at the same time; and we are always sinful.

The answer is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul says that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel. The good news is Jesus! The God-Man, Jesus, is the perfect image of God… the very righteousness of the Almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth (Colossians 1:15).

So the parties involved include God, who must exact judgment on sin; His Son, who is righteous and holy; and mankind, who is sinful and rebellious. The goal of God is to reestablish the severed relationship between Himself and His creation. The remedy is to somehow make men righteous once again.

God, taking matters into His own hands, accomplished this by sending His Son to take upon Himself our sin and be punished for it. As Paul will soon explain, at the cross, Jesus endured the wrath of God on our behalf. And because God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice, His righteousness is now available to us.

So, how do we get this righteousness that is available? Is there a checklist that we can follow? Is there a list of good deeds that enable us to earn it? Can we buy it by placing money in an offering plate? Maybe it comes through joining a church, or being dipped in a pool of water?

No, nothing that complicated! Paul says we simply need to believe. He concludes the unrighteous become righteous by faith. By believing that the gospel is sufficient, that all the requirements  of God have been met by Jesus on my behalf, He now adorns me with the greatest wardrobe ever displayed… the righteousness of Christ!

[Part 3 of a series on Romans 1: 16, 17]

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About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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7 Responses to Dynamite Squared and Then Some (Part 3)

  1. lambskinny says:

    M.T. — and Christ, as He died on the cross, nailed our sins – like a garment – to it, nailed the law to it as having been fulfilled completely; and declared us righteous in His Words, “It is accomplished!” Amen. God bless! Carley

  2. rickroehm says:

    Righteousness is a gift of God’s Grace. By the obedience of Christ are many made righteous.

    Rom 5:17…much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

    Romans 10:10 says…with the heart man believeth unto righteousness

    Your Blog is a breath of fresh air…people need to hear this kind of Biblical truth. Preach it!

    • mtsweat says:

      Thanks for reading Rick. You are so right. “… a gift of God’s grace. …In Christ are many made righteous.” God bless.

      • rickroehm says:

        God puts a righteous witness in our hearts. Jesus… was made sin who knew no sin…that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Every child of God experiences the same witness from God…The testimony and confession of the child of God is, “I’m through with a life of rebellion and disobedience to God”…

  3. ptl2010 says:

    The righteousness of Christ is needed to be a covering for man’s unrighteousness. Only He is worthy to be our covering, Who willingly gave Himself for us that we may have His dynamite for living over sin and sinful self. Praise the Lord. Thanks for sharing this great truth MT. God bless.

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