There is a righteousness outside of ourselves. It is the righteousness of Christ which we receive by faith. By faith we are justified, not by our own works or effort!

BibleGateway: Romans 3:21-31

ESV Text: Romans 3:21-31


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:10 and ends at about 3:34

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 262:
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

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— Organ Audio

1. A mighty Fortress is our God, 
A trusty Shield and Weapon; 
He helps us free from every need 
That hath us now o’ertaken. 
The old evil Foe 
Now means deadly woe; 
Deep guile and great might 
Are his dread arms in fight; 
On Earth is not his equal. 

2. With might of ours can naught be done, 
Soon were our loss effected; 
But for us fights the Valiant One, 
Whom God Himself elected. 
Ask ye, Who is this? 
Jesus Christ it is. 
Of Sabaoth Lord, 
And there’s none other God; 
He holds the field forever. 

3. Though devils all the world should fill, 
All eager to devour us. 
We tremble not, we fear no ill, 
They shall not overpower us. 
This world’s prince may still 
Scowl fierce as he will, 
He can harm us none, 
He’s judged; the deed is done; 
One little word can fell him. 

4. The Word they still shall let remain 
Nor any thanks have for it; 
He’s by our side upon the plain 
With His good gifts and Spirit. 
And take they our life, 
Goods, fame, child and wife, 
Let these all be gone, 
They yet have nothing won; 
The Kingdom our remaineth.