“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written: ‘But the righteous one will live by faith’” (Romans 1:17).
This gospel, of which Paul is unashamed (v.16), is the means by which the righteousness of God is revealed, or made known to the world. Used some thirty-four times in Romans, “righteousness,” and its verbal cognate, “to justify,” appearing fifteen times, these terms capture the action of God in “righting the ship” to reflect his person, character, and glory. That is, making right the unrighteousness, injustices, and corruption that sin has brought about in his created order; doing what is necessary for a more positive outcome. While God may not do it in a way we would expect, the gospel of Christ is our assurance that it is being, and will be, achieved.