1 Therefore, having been justified (dikaioo) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification (dikaiosis) of life.
In these verses, the Greek word for justified is dikaioo, which is better translated as made righteous, and the Greek word for justification is dikaiosis, which is better translated as righteousness.
There are two important conditions a person must meet to receive the free gift of God's
Righteousness. These are repentance and faith. Acts 20:21 (NIV)
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
The Righteousness of God must be revealed by God given faith. Romans 1:16-17
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it (in the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written,
"The just shall live by faith."
The expression 'faith to faith' means the saving faith given by God and received by man. Apostle Paul grieved for his fellow countrymen, the Jews, who remained unsaved because they were unaware of the Righteousness of God. All people remain ignorant of God's Righteousness until it is revealed to them through God given faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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