With William Plumer in Romans, Day 29

Romans 1:16-17
NAS – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”
KJV –  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.


“The excellence of the true doctrine of faith is its simplicity and equal adaptation to all nations and classes of men, vs. 16.” (Romans, 60)


“Of equal importance is the Scriptural doctrine in answer to the great question, How shall man be just with God? It is the doctrine of righteousness, v. 17. There is no light on the way of a sinner’s salvation but in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It tells of hope for the perishing, pardon for the guilty. It tells of God’s method of justifying the ungodly. Romans 4:5. It speaks of justification by faith without the deeds of the law. There never was but one way of justifying sinful men before God. The opposition to the true scriptural doctrine is strange, malignant and sometimes blasphemous; but we cannot give it up.

Paul says, It is written. Yes it is written all over God’s word, in the law, the prophets, and the Psalms; in the Gospels, the Acts, the Epistles and the Apocalypse. Righteousness, perfect and spotless, must be secured at the very commencement of a religious life. Whoever is without it is under wrath, and receives nothing in a covenant way. Let no man deceive himself with forms, ceremonies, professions, self-inflicted sufferings, a hereditary creed, a sound creed, or any thing else. The only good hope of eternal life for any man is to be found in the righteousness by faith. Oh that men believed this truth and held it fast. It is their life. The Lord is of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on iniquity, Habakkuk 1:13. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? I Corinthians 6:9. If there is no way of making sinners perfectly righteous in the sight of God and of his law, there is no possibility of saving them. All this is the more striking and impressive when we duly consider the sinfulness of man. The apostle at once cites us to a survey of the state of the world.” (Romans, 60-61)

Day 29


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