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Romans 1:17

Righteousness of God

The righteousness of God that Paul spoke of in this passage was not the righteousness by which God was righteous in himself (that would be passive righteousness,) but the righteousness by which, for the sake of Jesus Christ, God made sinners righteous (that is, active righteousness) through the forgiveness of sins in justification.

Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries, His Place in History of Culture, 1985, p. 158