Another way to righteousness? You heard it right: There is another way for us to be declared righteous. That’s the best possible news, in light of our utter inability to be declared righteous by our own obedience (which was the worst possible news). This new path to righteousness is paved by our faith in Christ’s obedience, whereas the old path was paved by our obedience – not a very trustworthy foundation!
We marvel at God’s awesome plan unfolding before our very eyes. A plan that predicted our disobedience and rebellion, and therefore created another solution: Christ achieved righteousness by perfectly obeying the law throughout his life; we place our faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross; the righteousness accomplished by Christ is transferred to our account as though it were ours all along. And God is glorified as the originator and executor of the plan. Marvelous. Beautiful. Grace.
For next week, read Romans 4:1-25.
PP. 539-543 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (or The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition)
PP. 120-132 in the New American Commentary.