“A Zeal For God” (Romans 9: 32, ESV) by Carley Evans

Righteousness pursued “as if it is based on works” does not result in the attainment of that righteousness, says Paul.

A zeal for God is not enough. The cornerstone, who is Jesus Christ, makes those who seek God under their own power, stumble.

“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they do not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10: 3 – 4)

We do not bring Jesus down nor do we rise up to Him; instead His “Word is near [us], in [our] mouths and in [our] hearts.” (Romans 10: 8)

Our righteousness is based on faith alone.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. This is not true… Read the next verse… The Word of God says we are not saved by works… but we are saved unto good works. Ephesians 2:8 by grace you are saved through faith…
    Ephesians 2:9 No of works, lest any man should boast.
    Ephesians 2:10 Created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

    We are not saved by our own efforts, but we are saved for the purpose of doing good works and will be judged according to the things done in our body. ref. 2 Corinthians 5:10

    1. lambskinny says:

      It is true that we are saved by faith alone; but it is equally true that we are saved in order to do the good works which God ordained for us in advance, before time.

      As we live, the Holy Spirit within us, manages to achieve that which we, in and of ourselves, are incapable of doing — GOOD and pleasing acts for God the Father.

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