Romans 5: The Christian’s Faith and Imparted Righteousness – John Boruff

In Romans 3, and especially 4, Paul spoke of faith in the cross bringing about forgiveness of sins, and imputed (credited) righteousness received freely as a gift from Christ–which legally sets sinners into a right standing with God, and dismisses them from being eternally punished in Hell. In Romans 5, however, Paul is speaking of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, or the moral effects and results that faith in the cross brings into the Christian life. Rather than speaking of righteousness in terms of credit or imputation (as in ch. 4), here in ch. 5 he speaks of righteousness as a gift of the Holy Spirit (imparted righteousness): “God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He was given us” (v. 5); and “how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life” (v. 17).


13:54 – I say, “Romans 6:4-6 comes to mind;” but meant to say, “Hebrews 6:4-6.”


About John Boruff

John Boruff is a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelism and spiritual gifts. He identifies himself as a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. John loves street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, John Wesley, Charles Finney, etc. John is always in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on this site for cultivating a deeper Christian life. Among them are his 'How to Experience God' and 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists. He is also working on a Biblical theology of poverty alleviation.
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