Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thurs., 8/11/11 Devotion (Rom. 1:17a, 18a)

Today's encouragement comes from Paul's words, as they are found in Romans 1:17a & 18a:

"For in it [the gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith . . . For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men . . . "

Notice that God makes two "revelations" here, both within the space of only two verses. The first is His "righteousness"; and the second is His "wrath." The righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel (and its elect recipients); and it is received and lived-in by faith. The wrath of God is revealed to the entire world; and is manifest in the con-
sciences of all men.

The only difference between those who receive the righteousness of God and the wrath of God is faith. "The just live by faith," (Rom. 1:17b); whereas the wicked are "given up to uncleanness," (Rom. 1:24a). What is being revealed to our hearts today: God's righteous-
ness or His wrath?

[Puritan quote of the day: "A good life adorns religion, a good tongue propagates it." --Thomas Watson, in, "The Great Gain of Godliness"]