[Linux4christians] Thursday - Romans 4
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Wed Nov 16 21:34:09 EST 2011
The Illustration of Justification
4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the
flesh, has discovered regarding this matter? 4:2 For if Abraham was
declared righteous by the works of the law, he has something to boast
about -- but not before God. 4:3 For what does the scripture say?
"/*Abraham believed God*//, //*and it was credited*/ /*to him as
righteousness*/." 4:4 Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited
due to grace but due to obligation. 4:5 But to the one who does not
work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his
faith is credited as righteousness.
4:6 So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to
whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
4:7 "/*Blessed*/ /*are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose
sins are covered;*/
4:8 /*blessed is the one*/ /*against whom the Lord will never count*/
4:9 Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the
uncircumcision? For we say, "/faith //*was credited to*//Abraham //*as
righteousness*/." 4:10 How then was it credited to him? Was he
circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but
uncircumcised! 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal
of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still
uncircumcised, so that he would become the father of all those who
believe but have never been circumcised, that they too could have
righteousness credited to them. 4:12 And he is also the father of the
circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the
footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was
4:13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would
inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the
righteousness that comes by faith. 4:14 For if they become heirs by the
law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. 4:15 For the law
brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression
either. 4:16 For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace,
with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants
-- not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have
the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 4:17 (as it is
written, "/*I have made you the father of many nations*/"). He is our
father in the presence of God whom he believed -- the God who makes the
dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they
already do. 4:18 Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result
that he became /*the*/**/*father of many nations*/ according to the
pronouncement, "/*so will your descendants be*/." 4:19 Without being
weak in faith, he considered his own body as dead (because he was about
one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 4:20 He did not
waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in
faith, giving glory to God. 4:21 He was fully convinced that what God
promised he was also able to do. 4:22 So indeed it was credited to
Abraham as righteousness.
4:23 But the statement /*it was credited to him*/ was not written only
for Abraham's sake, 4:24 but also for our sake, to whom it will be
credited, those who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from
the dead. 4:25 He was given over because of our transgressions and was
raised for the sake of our justification.
Lord, You inspired David to observe that it would be a blessing for one
who behaved in a "lawless" manner and who sinned to be the beneficiary
of Your grace, rather than the law. May I remember that it is Your mercy
that has allowed me to not suffer eternal punishment for lawlessness and
sin and to therefore seek righteousness and avoid lawlessness and sin.
Summary & Commentary
Abraham was saved by faith, if he were saved by works God would have an
obligation to him for having completed some sort of
righteousness-earning task, but it was purely grace in return for his
belief in God.
David noted that the Lord blesses by removing the eternal
conviction-of-death-from-sin and Paul reminded the reader that this has
nothing to do with religious ritual like circumcision since David was
referring to Abraham and he was saved-by-faith before he was circumcised.
Paul also reminded that Abraham was promised that he would be the
"father of many nations" while he and Sarah were still childless and he
was elderly - indicating that everything involved with salvation would
be unrelated to works, ritual, or any single nationality.
He concluded that saving-faith was for "... those who believe in the one
who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was given over because of
our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification."
What a tragedy that man's distortions of God's word had led to such a
heresy as to believe in any form of works-righteousness.
Isn't freedom from works amazing? It does not come from membership in a
man-made religious organization or nationality or race or gender. It
liberates a person to simply love God and to receive His blessing and
gifts and mission for life, undistorted by imperfect humans.
Freedom comes from understanding that salvation is through faith-alone
and not works.
When have you experienced or observed confusion as to
saved-by-faith-not-works versus saved-by-faith-plus-works?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any moments in your life where you
doubt your salvation and that I turn to any form of works-righteousness
to try to justify myself before God.
Today I will ask a fellow believer to pray in agreement to purge the lie
of doubt and/or works-righteousness from my life so that I may trust and
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Friday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Savannah-Statesboro needs a Bible College/Seminary!
Personal Site: http://bibleseven.com
Bible Resources: http://bible.org
Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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