“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
What is the Gospel? It is the faith-producing message of God’s Word revealing the perfect righteousness of God which is imputed to all those who look in faith to Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the cross. It is a righteousness of faith and not of our failed works under the law and it is revealed to faith — to those who, by God’s grace, believe God’s promise to justify and save those who trust in Christ Jesus.
O gracious God, grant me faith in the Gospel message that I may trust in Christ Jesus and His cross and be counted righteous and acceptable in Thy sight. Amen.
“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” Proverbs 4:18-19 KJV
The path upon which those who acknowledge their sins and look to Christ and His cross for mercy and forgiveness is brightly lit and shines brighter and brighter as they draw nearer the day when Christ receives them into glory. The way upon which the unbelieving walk is so dark they can’t even see the error of their ways or the eternal doom ahead of them.
By Your Word, O Lord, open my eyes to the truth and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 KJV
What a comfort it is for believers to know that nothing can separate them from the love of God which is theirs through faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord!
O gracious God, by the Spirit’s working through Word and Sacrament, keep me in the true faith in Christ Jesus that nothing separate me from Your love. Amen
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:35-37 KJV
Can anyone or anything separate us from the love of Christ and take from us the salvation He won for us? His love and His promises are sure — even in the face of trouble, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or death. Through faith in Christ Jesus, we have the victory!
O gracious Savior, keep us in the true and saving faith that nothing separate us from Your love and mercy or take from us what You have promised. Amen.
“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-34 KJV
Though we are sinners and condemned by God’s law, do we as believers need to fear being condemned in the day of judgment? God has declared us just and righteous through faith in Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the cross. Christ Jesus, Himself, is the Judge who will condemn the ungodly, and He is the one who died for us and rose again and even now intercedes on our behalf at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.
O gracious and merciful God, thank You for declaring me just and righteous through faith in Your Son — for redeeming me as Your own through the shed blood of Christ Jesus. Amen.