The righteousness God provides has its origin in what God did, not in what people may accomplish. It is received, not earned. It depends upon faith, not meritorious activity. God justifies the ungodly, not the well intentioned. What makes the “good news” news is that no one would have come up with a plan that excluded their own contribution toward a future salvation. 
We want to earn; God will only give. In this world, it is taught that we only get what we earn. In the governance of Heaven, God gives for His glory…we receive for our faith by grace and mercy. What we receive is so valuable that we cannot earn it nor do we have anything of equal value to trade. What would you give for your life? God says give me nothing…just believe that I am God. Why then is it so hard for most people?
Psalm10.4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
 Mounce, R. H. (2001). Vol. 27: Romans (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (114). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Published on Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 4:33 AM CDT