16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ accordingto my gospel.
Paul’s definition of faith
We notice the definition of faith as used by Paul is that a person responds to thevoice of God in his conscience being guided by God’s Spirit. This is what Romans 1:17tells us, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it iswritten, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heavenagainst all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth inunrighteousness…”A man tells a lie and instantly a sinking feeling comes in his conscience. “All liarsshall have their part in the lake of fire,” comes from the living God speaking to hisheart. It is the faithful work of God as spoken by Jesus in Jn 16:8 “…when he is come,he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment…” How manyare reproved of sin by the Holy Spirit? Every man in the whole world, the most distantundiscovered tribe is not only known to God but is being drawn to righteousness asspoken by Jer. 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every manaccording to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” God gives to you andto me, to
in the world according to his ways.This responding to the call of God to righteousness is the basis of all true faith. Sothe righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. It is the living Godadministering guidance to the spirit of every man and as man humbles himself tounconditionally be guided by His Spirit in every circumstance his righteousness is fromfaith to faith. It is a living, on going process that is unfolded step by step in everycircumstance of life, this is known as walking in the spirit in Romans chapter 8. Paullaid it out to the unrighteous council of Jerusalem with the declaration in Acts 23:1“And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren
, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day
. And the high priest Ananias commandedthem that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.” Again in Chapter 24 “… And havehope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do
I exercise myself, to have always aconscience void of offence toward God, and toward men
.” Notice the dynamicimperative message of the cross, the true righteousness so touches those who areunrighteous that the spirit of unrighteousness in them becomes instantly, angrily on thedefensive, just as did the high priest who was so riled that he commanded them to smitehim on the mouth. It was the same spirit reacting according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience that works in youif you are living in unrighteousness. You want the “nice guy image” but when someonerepeats what the Holy Spirit is constantly whispering to you in your heart telling you