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Live By Faith

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“The righteous will live by faith” ~Romans 1:17

This is my favorite-most-MISunderstood verse in the Bible. Paul is quoting Habakkuk 2:4, which is a prophecy about the Messiah, Jesus Christ. “The Righteous One will live by his faithfulness.”

Who is the Righteous One? Let’s look at Acts 22:14 where Ananais helped Paul following his Damascus Road experience with the Lord: “The God of our fathers has chosen you to know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and hear the voice from His mouth.” Jesus is the Righteous One - it’s a title like ‘The Messiah’ or 'The Branch'.

So our verse could read, “The Righteous One will live by His faithfulness.”

If Jesus lives by His own faithfulness to the Father, where does that leave us? What about OUR faith? Look at John 14:19b “Because I live, you will live also.”

We live because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ! Not our faith - HIS faithfulness to His Father. Philippians 2:8  “He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.” and  Luke 22:42 saying, "Father, if You will, remove this cup [the cross] from Me--nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done."

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
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