From Faith to Faith
Daily Devotional for December 3rd
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
The subject of justification is wonderful; yet many Christian’s may not understand it how it is operated. This misunderstanding is evidenced in how God’s people struggle with certain sins. It’s as if they cannot break free from certain things. Some eventually give up because they did not think they ever received what they actually received. Does this describe you? Do you know a change was made in your life when you trusted Christ to be your Saviour but yet you still find yourself wrestling with things you know aren’t right? This scripture has the remedy.
How righteousness is obtained is one of the most important truths that has been lost in the church in this modern era. Just as troubling to us how we live apart from sin after we’re saved. God has established spiritual laws for mankind; one of which is the law of faith. Romans 3:27. This means that when our faith is in any of God’s promises, the promise will come without fail. When Paul said the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith, he gave the key; the secret; the answer to both of these questions.
Although many people are saved by trusting in the finished work of Christ upon the cross, yet many struggle with how the live out the rest of their lives after they are saved. The just shall live by faith. Who are the just? The just are those who’ve been declared righteous by their faith in Christ. Romans 4:3-5 & Romans 5:1-9. Justification is the first part of the spiritual equation in this verse and every child of God has obtained it. But there’s another piece to it. Paul says [they]…shall live by faith. So there is another part here. Living/walking in righteousness requires faith also.
From faith to faith? What does this mean exactly? We live/walk the same way we are justified. When Paul said, The just shall live by faith, he was not saying merely that we simply believe in God. He says here in Romans the same thing he said to the Colossians in 2:6 “As ye therefore have received Christ Jesus, so walk ye in Him.” The question then becomes, how did I receive Him? By faith! From faith to faith means from a justifying faith to a sanctifying faith. In other words, your daily walk in righteousness comes the same way your made righteous to begin with; by faith. Faith to faith.
God not only wants you to be justified by faith, but to live in righteousness by faith. Your part in this wonderful plan of salvation is to anchor your faith in the cross of Christ, knowing your righteousness comes from Jesus, and also to live by faith; meaning, trusting Christ to walk out righteousness in you daily. Our prayer each day should be, “Lord, thank you for giving me your righteousness when I first accepted your blood over my sin and I’m trusting in you today to conquer all sin in my life as I walk through this day.”