“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Col. 3:17)
“The just shall live by faith,” fulfills the law because it requires a basic internal goodness to give God the benefit of the doubt to trust Him. This sets in motion a worldview that has no ill intentions towards our neighbor. This imputes to the person of faith a righteousness that is real, tangible, practical in application and expression, and has a correspondence to actual events and circumstances in a journey of faith. Faith in God has a direct link with righteousness, because only a good heart will trust and follow God’s leading.
The promise to Abraham is a promise from God. Righteousness is imputed to Abraham because only out of a good heart will someone act upon God’s promise by faith. A bad heart would say: “Forget it…I am doing things my way.” Like Abraham and the other people of faith in the Bible, only a good heart would continue to place their faith in the good character of God even after circumstances appear discouraging according to horizontally conventional thinking.
Through a God-composed journey of faith, in the most practical, rational, and realistic sense, a way is created for humans to obtain goodness and righteousness. Our individually crafted journeys of faith are a gift to us from God. A God-composed journey of faith is a gift because it is free…it cannot be purchased or even accessed through works…it is accepted as a gift by faith.
Such an arrangement is designed to produce a personal relationship…not necessarily to produce a perfect, stellar, sinless performance on our part. The righteousness that was imputed to Abraham was wrapped up within the faith and trust he placed in God…out of a good heart. A God-composed journey of faith life-script drives honesty, integrity, and goodness, because it sets up a context of events and circumstances whereby we can abandon total self-reliance based upon conventional thinking, and exercise faith and trust in God leading to a personal relationship.