The Just Shall Live By Faith
A Sermon on Romans 1:16-17
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
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 for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (ESV)
As one of the most memorable passages in Romans, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones completes his sermon coverage of Romans 1:16-17. Paul wrote boldly to the church in Rome that the just shall live by faith! No matter if the entire world calls it foolishness, he is not ashamed to believe in Jesus Christ! Even more so, he is eager and ready to preach this Gospel to all who will listen. As Christians, we too must be bold and unashamed! Genuine belief always leads to action. As the Doctor points out, the opposite of works is not faith; instead, it is the righteousness of God. We cannot earn righteousness by works because it comes by faith through Jesus Christ. True saving faith is more than a belief with your mind, it also means that you were pursuaded by belief with your heart and that you acted and embraced the faith with your will. It is never true faith and belief until your action and heart are involved.