Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
Even the righteousness
What do we say then? is there injustice in God?
but say you, "if our unfaithfulness displays the veracity of God, what shall we say? is it not injustice in God to inflict punishment?"
there the divine wrath is revealed from heaven against all impiety, and injustice of men, who wickedly suppress the truth.
and he received the sign of circumcision, as a seal of the justification by that faith, which the uncircumcised have: that he might be the father of all those who believe, tho' they are uncircumcised, that it might be accounted to them also for righteousness:
but Esaias is more express, and says, "I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not after me.
1 Corinthians 6:9
Know you not that the unjust shall not inherit the kingdom of God? be not deceived: neither the licentious, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor the brutal,
that at that time ye were without all knowledge of the Messiah, being aliens from the common-wealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope, and living in the world without any true knowledge of God.
This I say therefore, and conjure you by the Lord not to live for the future as other Gentiles do, in the vanity of their minds,
1 Peter 4:3
for the time past of your lives may suffice, to have liv'd in conformity to the Gentile customs, in impurity, licentiousness, sottishness, in dissolute festivals, and the criminal rites of idolaters.
but Israel, who followed the law of justice, hath not attained to the law of justice.
1 Timothy 6:11
As for you the minister of God, avoid those things: adhere to justice, piety, faith, charity, patience, and benignity of temper.
Even the righteousness
There it is that divine justification is revealed to be wholly by faith: as it is written, " the just shall live by faith."
that divine justification, which by faith in Jesus Christ is extended to all, that believe; for there is no distinction:
Is this happiness then for the circumcised only, or for the uncircumcised also? for we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ,
for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
and the scripture insinuating, that God would justify the Gentiles thro' faith, gave Abraham an intimation of the gospel in these words, " in thee shall all nations be blessed."
but as for us, our minds are possessed with the hopes of justification by faith.
and be his true disciple, not professing that justification, which is derived from the law, but that which is from the gospel,
'Twas by faith that Noah being divinely warned of unforeseen events, with a religious concern built an ark to the preservation of his family; whereby the world became inexcusable, and he obtained the reward of that righteousness which is by faith.