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).

Correction

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

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Wesleyan Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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