16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
Righteousness comes by faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, vs. 17.
"The righteous will live by faith."
The Righteous have life by faith.
The Righteous will live their lives by faith.
What is Faith?
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what
we do not see.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen. (NKJ)
What are things hoped for?
Any desires placed on our heart by God, things we can envision.
A desire to be forgiven and saved.
A desire to see a loved one saved.
A calling of God to serve Him in a specific way
A desire to see God move in a special way (revival, healing)
A desire for something God wants us to have. (job, wife)
The things hoped for must be God's will. If they don't line up with God's will, then He didn't place them on our heart.
The substance of things hoped for
5287 hupostasis (hoop-os'-tas-is); a setting under (support),
This is something real that God wants to give us. It has substance. but we presently see it only by faith.
A.W. Tozer said: "Faith is seeing the invisible, but not the nonexistent."
The evidence of things not seen.
By faith we know that God will give us what He has placed in our hearts.
Faith is a gift of God. He's given us the desires, the things hoped for, then we begin to pray and wait on Him.
1.We pray fervently, because we have a great desire for the things hoped for. God doesn't honor lukewarm hearts.
2.We pray with perseverance. We know God wants us to have these things hoped for, and we will not give up.
3.We pray until God floods our hearts with faith. Until He gives us the assurance that the things hoped for are ours.
It is essential to pray through, to receive that assurance from God. It is the proof that God will give the things hoped for. It is the evidence of things not yet seen.
People praying for forgiveness and salvation often stop short of the assurance from God. Then they have doubts about their salvation.
People praying about desires God has given them often stop short of receiving the assurance or "evidence" from God. Then they soon have doubts about the things hoped for. Was it a desire given by God, or just my desire? Did God really call me, or is it just what I want?
When we have the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of the things not seen, then we have what we are hoping for. We are certain it is ours, even though it hasn't arrived yet. We wait in expectation.
The whole process of faith is greatly enhanced by the Word of God. God often gives us those desires or "things hoped for" through the Word of God. God also often gives us the "evidence" or proof from the Word as well.
D.L. Moody said, "I prayed for faith and thought that some day it would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith didn't seem to come. One day I read in Romans that "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." I had up to this time, closed my Bible and prayed for faith. Now I opened my Bible and began to study and faith has been growing ever since."