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Romans 2:17-24, Romans 3:9-26, Romans 5:1-11, Psalm 14:1-3, Isaiah 59:14-20

This Is the New Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we move from the Gospels and Acts into the Pauline Epistles.

What Is Romans? Romans is a letter written by Paul to Jewish and Gentile Christians in Rome. In it, Paul offers clarity on the source of salvation and righteousness, and he encourages unity among Christians from all backgrounds.

How Romans Fits Into the Story: The book of Romans highlights the effect of sin on all of creation. Romans includes a detailed explanation, unlike any other in the Bible, for why righteousness can only come through grace by faith in Jesus Christ. It also emphasizes the power of the cross and how it changes us—from sinners worthy of God’s punishment to His beloved children—and calls us to live in eager anticipation of Jesus’s return.

Reflection Questions: 
1. After reading today’s passages, how would you describe the difference between unrighteousness and God’s righteousness? 
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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  1. Rachelanne Craner says:

    Everyone is unrighteousness before a completely righteous God. But Jesus… his life, death and resurrection is a propitiation for our sin and unrighteousness. So that whoever believes whether Jew or Gentile is presented blameless and righteous before God.

  2. McKenzie Lenz says:

    God’s righteousness lays His life down for evil people to defend them and advocate for them. Unrighteousness doesn’t step in to help the oppressed. God laid his life down so we can live in peace with him, and be his friend not wage war against him.

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  4. Brittany says:

    When I think of unrighteousness and God’s righteousness, I imagine a HUGE gap. There is no way to get from one to the other. But thankfully, that is where Jesus comes in. He bridges that gap for us so that we can experience God’s righteousness…even though we are unrighteous.

  5. Elizabeth Hilton says:

    1. After reading today’s passages, how would you describe the difference between unrighteousness and God’s righteousness?

    Unrighteousness stems from our inability to ever be seen as, “morally justifiable or virtuous,” in the sight of the Law; we all fall short as has every other mortal being who has come before us. There is no person who could ever live as blamelessly as Jesus and so none of us would ever be able to be justified, or declared righteous by God. God’s righteousness however, is more than that, it’s holiness; “the condition of being consecrated or dedicated to moral excellence.” He is the full embodiment of righteousness, as is His son Jesus. God’s righteousness, or dedication to moral excellence, extended so far as to pave a new way for His children to be seen in the same way, through faith in Him, instead of through works or application of the Law.
    “The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of theR glory of God; they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented him as the mercy seat by his blood, through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint Godal passed over the sins previously committed. God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be just and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.” -Romans 3:23-26

    2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
    These verses give us the evidence of what Chad always says, “When we couldn’t work our way to God, God in his love, grace, and mercy, worked His way to us in and through the person of Jesus.” Amen!