Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Romans 3-4.
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the prophet bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. There is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” Romans 3:21-24
On October 31 most people are focused on candy and dressing up. But October 31 is memorable for another reason. On October 23, 1515 Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five thesis on the door of a church. This led to a debate culminating in the Protestant Reformation. Today is not only Halloween, it’s Reformation Day. On of Luther’s main points was that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone and that works are a result of salvation, not how you earn salvation. Luther was led by God to stand up against the false teaching that your works will lead to salvation in 1515. This is still something that we struggle with deep in our hearts. And it was something that the Jews struggled with when Paul wrote Romans.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith resulting in works. Not the other way around.
In the highlighted verses for today I’m sure you recognized Romans 3:23, but the surrounding verses are just as important. 3:21-22 tells us the at the righteousness of God is seen apart from the law. The righteousness of God has been revealed in Jesus Christ. This doesn’t demote the law or God’s Word, it elevates Jesus Christ. Only after making this truth claim does Paul write Romans 3:23-24, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
Read Romans 3:21-24 and thank the Lord for saving you from your sins.
Are you struggling right now with trying to earn or keep your salvation through doing good deeds (good works)? Confess this to Jesus and seek freedom in Him.
Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from Romans 5-6.