Chapter # 10 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
March 31, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<484> Thesis: The declaration of the "righteousness of faith" is that what needs to be done has been done so that if the word is in one's mouth and heart, he will obtain that righteousness. Introduction: Last week we considered the message of "the righteousness of the Law". It boils down to this declaration: Do this and live. This marks out the final objective: living. This also marks out the primary methodology: obedience. This is a very simple principle on the surface, but it is an impossible principle at its core. In Paul's earlier words, "Thou shalt not covet" resulted in "all manner of coveting" (Romans 7:7-8). This evening we are going to look into the message of "the out-of-faith righteousness". It actually has two major parts that, though it is not obvious from Paul's quotes, are separated in the writings of Moses by more than twenty chapters. The "Do not say in your heart" exhortation is found in the Septuagint in the exact form of Paul's words in two places; Deuteronomy 8:17 and 9:4. In attempting to decide which of these two texts he actually had in mind when he quoted Moses, we had to recognize that there is an overarching unity to both texts even though the particulars of each are somewhat different. So, that is where we will begin in our thinking about the message of the "out of faith" righteousness.