Did you know that the idea of righteousness is used 50 times in the book of Romans?! 50 times is a tremendous amount, which means it’s a very big deal to God and should be to us, too.
Hebrews 5:13-14 says that unless a Christian has been clearly taught they are completely righteous, they cannot mature spiritually:
“For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
If a 3-month-old child is drinking mama’s milk, we think that is wonderful! If a 13-year-old is drinking mama’s milk, we know that is weird! This verse tells us that not knowing the teaching about how righteous we are, makes us spiritually immature like that 13-year-old.
Romans is all about the message of righteousness. It’s the message that God is able to save sinners. And, not only forgive them, but make them as righteous as He is. That is scandalous grace, isn’t it? It seems too good to be true…but, it’s the Gospel!
Let’s go back to the number 50 again. In the Old Covenant, every 50 years was called the Year of Jubilee. Here are a few things the nation of Israel would celebrate during that year. Slaves were set free. All debts were forgiven. The land would rest from growing crops. Freedom, forgiveness and rest.
I don’t want to overstate the idea of righteousness being used 50 times in Romans, but it is certainly fascinating that in Romans we learn how God has provided freedom, forgiveness, and rest…through being made as righteous as Jesus.
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