Living by Faith Part 4 of 5: FROM FAITH TO FAITH


But there is another expression in the text which stands at the beginning of this tract: "For therein [in the gospel] is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith." This expression has been the subject of much learned discussion by theologians, and very few of them are agreed as to its meaning. The fact that learned men are disagreed in regard to it, need not frighten us from it with the thought that it cannot be understood, for we   [11]  read that things hidden from the wise and prudent are revealed unto babes. If we are but simple enough to accept the obvious Scripture meaning, as explained by the Scriptures, we need not be in darkness. 
One of the greatest causes of the failure of many people to understand the book of Romans, and indeed, any other portion of Scripture, is a failure to hold to first principles and Bible definitions. Men attempt to define some terms according to their theological training, and find it hard work to make them fit. Then if they at one time accept the Bible definition of the term, they do not adhere to it, but give it some other meaning the next time they meet with it. 
This can lead to nothing else but confusion.
The cause of the difficulty in understanding this text is a failure to cling to the Bible definition of the term, "the righteousness of God." We have already seen that it is an expression indicating God's character, and that His character is set forth in the ten commandments. They sum up the whole duty of man, which is to be like God. Eccl. 12:13, 14; James 2:8, 12. The law, having been transgressed, cannot, as a matter of course, be perfectly represented in any person's life, so the gospel was devised that man might in Christ find the perfect righteousness of the law. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, because it makes manifest the righteousness of God. Not only is the law—the righteousness of God—preached, and its majesty upheld, by the gospel, but by the gospel the fruits of righteousness are made to appear in the life of the believer.
Some would make "righteousness of God" in this [12] text synonymous with "justification." That is all right, if they do not limit the application of the text to the moment of justification from past transgression. It is the application of the law in Christ to the life of the transgressor that justifies him. Through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, God by His grace counts the past life of the sinner who believes as though it had been in every respect in accord with His law. Rom. 3:25. This is justification. It is the revelation, or manifestation, through the gospel, of the righteousness of God. Rom. 3:21, 22. But the text says that this is "revealed from faith to faith;" and this can mean nothing else but a progressive work of righteousness. The verse teaches that the righteousness of God is revealed from one degree of faith to a higher degree of faith, and consequently that righteousness must ever be on the increase. This is shown by the quotation which the apostle makes to prove his statement. It must be that the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, he argues, because it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

From the book:Living by Faith” The Bible Student’s Library, no. 75, Dec. 1, 1890, By E. J. Waggoner, Chapter: LIVING BY FAITH, in the chapter: “From Faith to Faith”, p. 10-11.

Blog Edited by John Foll.


List of Articles

#Righteousness #Faith #Peace #Christ #God #Joy #Approve #Gospel #Overcomer #Right #Victory #Light #Spirit #Commandments #Trust #Principle #Duty #Power #Believe #Romans

Articles

April 29, 2020
Living by Faith Part 5 of 5: Christian Growth

By E. J. Waggoner List of Articles  The force of this is found in the fact that the Christian life, which is the result of faith, is progressive. The Christian life is a continual growth. Peter says: "Beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. […]

April 29, 2020
A Lesson From the Grass Part 1 of 2

By E. J. Waggoner There could be no more sure way to undermine the Gospel, and rob it of its power, than the substitution of the teachings of "Science falsely so called" for the simple word of God. God has been relegated to the rear, and is regarded as afar off. So, although many did […]

January 17, 2020
A Lesson From the Grass Part 2 of 2

By E. J. Waggoner List of Articles  Listen to the first two sentences of it! Very powerful!  One more lesson of encouragement may be learned from the frailty of man, which shows that only in humility is true exaltation found. Since all things come from God, man can be at his highest state only when […]

January 17, 2020
Time is Short: An Appeal To Give Your Heart To God!

By John Foll, Written 11/4/2016   The time so long waited for by God’s people is almost here, the Second Coming of Christ. Soon it will be too late to give your heart completely to God, and prepare for the Second Coming. Do you not hear Him calling to your heart now? Have you put […]

January 17, 2020
The Prayer of Faith Part 1: Conditions for Answered Prayer Handout

How to Get Answers to Prayer? By John Foll, written between 11/21/2019 and 11/27/2019, 01/11/2020 and 01/17/2020.© Copyright 2019 John Foll “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of […]

January 10, 2020
Behold What Manner of Love

By John Foll, 10/29/2016 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we […]

January 10, 2020
Living by Faith Part 4 of 5: FROM FAITH TO FAITH

By E.J. Waggoner List of Articles But there is another expression in the text which stands at the beginning of this tract: "For therein [in the gospel] is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith." This expression has been the subject of much learned discussion by theologians, and very few of them are […]

January 10, 2020
Living by Faith Part 3 of 5: OUR MIGHTY LEADER

By E. J. Waggoner. List of Articles Well, our Captain is the Lord of Hosts. He has met the chiefest foe of all and has vanquished him single handed. Those who follow Him invariably go forth conquering and to conquer. Oh, that those who profess to be His followers would put their trust in Him, […]

January 10, 2020
Living by Faith Part 2 of 5: A CAUSE OF FAILURE

By E. J. Waggoner. List of Articles  Listen We have heard many people tell how hard they found it to do right; their Christian life was most unsatisfactory to them, being marked only by failure, and they were tempted to give up in discouragement. No wonder they get discouraged; continual failure is enough to discourage […]

January 10, 2020
Living by Faith Part 1 of 5: LIVING BY FAITH

By E. J. Waggoner List of Articles  In Rom. 1:17 the apostle Paul makes the following statement, "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith." This statement is the summing up of what the apostle has to say about the gospel […]

1 2 3 15
Blogger
Blogs
Facebook
Blogs
Tumblr
Blogs
Tumblr Love of God Tumblr Faith Tumblr How To Please God Health Blog White Raiment Evangelism
MeWe
Blogs
MINDS Blogs
J
Our Books

J
Our social Media
Our Other social Media
book home sun film-play book bookmark heart-pulse bullhorn layers