The righteousness of Jesus: But glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 2:10
The Epistle to the Romans was probably written by the apostle Paul after concluding his missionary journeys to the Christian community in Rome. At that time Paul was interested in beginning his missionary work in the western Mediterranean, that is, in Italy and Spain. In this important epistle, Paul explained the importance of the gift of faith accompanied by righteousness to achieve salvation, that is, the fullness of spiritual goods.
Jesus had already explained that the law is summarized in a fundamental ethical principle, the gift of righteousness: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" Matthew 7:12.
The apostle Paul continued and expounded more precisely this teaching of our Lord Jesus at the beginning of his epistle: "For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ´The righteous will live by faith.´" Romans 1:17.
In more practical terms Paul explained that with baptism men receive not only the gift of faith but also the gifts of hope and justification. And justification is that special grace, that spiritual help that the Holy Spirit grants to leave behind what binds man to the slavery of sin, because good and bad actions inevitably have their reward through the ethical laws of the universe: "God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows" Galatians 6:7.
In this way, Paul expressed the need for justification through faith:
"There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism" Romans 2:9-11.
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