The Taunt Song or Characteristics of the Unrighteous

March 23, 2017 by Steve Browning

“Behold, his soul is puffed up. It is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.” The righteous shall live by faith. This line from verse 4 of the 2nd chapter of Habakkuk in the old testament is repeated several times in the new testament…

Romans 1:17… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Galations 3:11… Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.

Hebrews 10:37… but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”

I’ve sometimes wondered about the various uses of the phrase by biblical writers and how they applied it in their individual writings. And I’ve come to realize that this principle of being submissive to God, of receiving his unmerited favor, his grace, this is living by faith. It is a true and active way of life. If we truly believe that God’s grace brings us salvation, then when we choose to live by faith, we choose to act accordingly. We choose to live a life that is just, that is righteous. And we choose to accept God’s mercy and kindness through Christ. And it is through Him, through his taking of our sins to the cross that we become righteous.

Today, I was editing the most recent radio program for The Worthy Walk. Tim was teaching about the characteristics of an unrighteous person in our study of Habakkuk. He shows us that the “woes” in chapter 2 are meant to be warnings to us. Warnings that if any of these sins are prevalent in our lives we need to repent. We need to take heed of these warnings so that we can be sure we are not showing any characteristics of being an unrighteous person.

I love how RC Sproul in his commentary on Romans says, “One who lives by faith is a righteous person in the sight of God. The righteous live by trust.” In other words, they do not just believe in God—they believe God. We have a choice. The way of faith or the way of unfaith. The Babylonians epitomized the way of unfaith through their unrighteousness. If there is anything in our lives that bears resemblance to the lifestyle of the unbeliever, we need to stop. Stop now and turn to the way of belief. This is how the righteous live by faith.

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