Believing instead of Achieving

20 Apr

But now we are seeing the righteousness of God declared quite apart from the Law (though amply testified to by both Law and Prophets)—it is a righteousness imparted to, and operating in, all who have faith in Jesus Christ. (For there is no distinction to be made anywhere: everyone has sinned, everyone falls short of the beauty of God’s plan.) Under this divine system a man who has faith is now freely acquitted in the eyes of God by his generous dealing in the redemptive act of Jesus Christ. God has appointed him as the means of propitiation, a propitiation accomplished by the shedding of his blood, to be received and made effective in ourselves by faith. God has done this to demonstrate his righteousness both by the wiping out of the sins of the past (the time when he withheld his hand), and by showing in the present time that he is a just God and that he justifies every man who has faith in Jesus Christ.

What happens now to human pride of achievement? There is no more room for it. Why, because failure to keep the Law has killed it? Not at all, but because the whole matter is now on a different plane—believing instead of achieving.

Paul of Tarsus

Romans 3:21-28, J.B. Phillips Translation

2 Responses to “Believing instead of Achieving”

  1. Johan April 20, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Paul – excellent!! Are you aware of the “Mirror Translation”?

    • Paul Ellis April 20, 2012 at 7:31 am #

      Hi Johan,
      Yes, I am familiar with the Mirror and sometimes quote it here on Here is one example.

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