Working Righteousness

The apostle Peter in his opening words at the house of Cornelius stated two important truths about God.  First, he said: “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”  (Acts 10:34)  The significance of his statement on that occasion was to show that God was willing to accept Gentiles as well as Jews. The broader meaning of the statement means that God makes no distinction on the basis of race, nationality, education, financial success, etc.   And, of course, neither should we.  The apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Rome wrote, “The righteous judgment of God will render to every man according to his deeds…for there is no respect of persons with God.”

Second, Peter said:  “But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”  (Acts 10:35)  This is a very important Bible statement today in view of the prevailing doctrine of salvation by faith alone.  Too many believe that all one must do to be acceptable to God is just accept Christ by praying the “Sinner’s Prayer.”  The apostle makes it clear that our life must be one of working righteousness.