Romans 4

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1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found ? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture ? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven , and whose sins are covered . 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned ? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe , though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void , and the promise made of none effect : 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is , there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written , I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed , even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were . 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken , So shall thy seed be . 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead , when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised , he was able also to perform . 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed , if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

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  1. 1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found ?
    ~ Abraham was the father of the Jewish religion, if you read the book of Genesis starting in Chapter 11 you will see the founding of the religion and the people. Abraham was not justified by his flesh, he was justified by his faith. When Abraham left his family he stepped out on faith and followed God, leaving the protection of his family in order to follow God’s command.

    2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
    ~ If Abraham was only justified by his works we are quickly reminded in the story of Abraham how shortly after his being called out by God that he also chose to not trust God and lie about his relationship between he and his wife, so that it might benefit him more. His works (or actions) were no better in this example than any of ours reading this post. We are all sinners, every one. Abraham had many steps of faith along his life, however he also had many steps where we can see he could have and should have done better, much like our lives if we re-evaluate them after the fact.

    3 For what saith the scripture ? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
    ~ But God chose to forgive him of his sin and Abraham has been accounted as faithful. We too can be accounted as faithful if we trust in Christ for the remission of our sins.

    4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
    ~If we have not faith we gain our reward from our works only, not of our faith which is unto salvation, its to our rewards here on earth that will fade away, rust, deteriorate, or be left behind when we leave this world.

    5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
    ~ We are rewarded for our faith in Christ, we did not do the work of salvation, there is nothing we can do to deserve salvation. The only thing we are able to do is accept it for the free gift that it is. We are counted for righteousness when we trust in Christ for our salvation. Nothing of our own works will save us from our sins.

    6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
    ~ David, the great poet, shepherd, warrior and king, knew that though he was mighty on this planet, his salvation was not of this world, it was not of his works, it was of the gift that God paid for him, this gift that God gave to him is what gave him salvation.

    7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven , and whose sins are covered .
    ~ Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven and sins are covered? The only ones who are in covered and forgiven is the ones who have accepted Christ as their personal savoir.

    8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
    ~ Blessed is the man who will not impute (or make payment due for their sins), this once again is only those whom have accepted Christ as their savoir!

    9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
    ~ Circumcision is a work of man, lets be clear there is no work that man can do in order to be reconciled to God, NONE. It was the work that Christ did on the cross that reconciled God with man, it is our acceptance of that work that makes us right with God. If we reject that work we reject God’s righteousness. If there was another way I am sure God would have agreed to it rather than having his only begotten son to die on a cruel rugged cross for a sinful mankind that is always going away from what He has put forth. If there was another way don’t you think Christ would have chosen not to die on that cross, don’t you think he would have called those 10,000 angels to change the circumstances that he was in, if there was a way for us to do it don’t you think he would have had us to do it and encouraged us along the way. Of course he would! There was no other way, there was only one way and that was the cross.

    10 How was it then reckoned ? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe , though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
    ~ I think 10&11 are better addressed together. When Abraham received circumcision was that what caused him to be righteous in God’s eyes? Or was it something else? Was it his F-A-I-T-H! It was his faith in God! had nothing to do with his circumcision, much like baptism, it is an outward expression of an inward change. Circumcision does not save you nor does baptism, what saves you is your faith in the almighty God, believing he died on the cross for your sins, and accepting that payment for your sins. Your faith in all this is the grounds for your salvation!

    12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
    ~ Faith in God goes beyond your actions of circumcision or choosing to be uncircumcised. Faith in God and his work on the cross proves that you have faith in him. The man that died on the cross on the side of Jesus who ask for forgiveness of his sin trusted that Christ was the one and only Son of God! We know not if he was circumcised but we would expect that he was not baptized yet Jesus told him today will you be with me in paradise. Had nothing to do with the outward expressions and everything to do with that mans faith! Nothing as far as that is concerned has changed today!

    13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
    ~ It was not the law that justified Abraham or his sons, it was his faith!

    14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void , and the promise made of none effect :
    ~ The promise is void if they hang their salvation on the works of the law, the law never saved anyone it is instead the works of faith in God!

    15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is , there is no transgression.
    ~The law works as a school master to show you your sinful nature. The law itself can not and will not save a person from their sins.

    16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
    ~ It is faith that saves us, and the same faith that Abraham had to follow God out of the land his family was from into a land that was promised him is the same faith that saves a man that knows he is a sinner and needs to be saved from his sin.

    17 (As it is written , I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed , even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were .
    ~ You know God not only made Abraham father of many nations but he also made him father of many religions, all Christian faiths trace their roots back to Abraham, all Jewish faith is grounded in Abraham and even the Muslim faith traces its roots back to Abraham. The only difference is where these people place their faith, do they place it in man, the works of a man or the works of Christ and God the father!

    18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken , So shall thy seed be .
    ~ Against all logic Abraham believed what God had told him and knew that God would make him a father of many nations!

    19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead , when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
    ~Abraham knew he was getting older and that Sara would be to old to conceive a child, however he still trusted God to fulfill what it is that he said he would do.

    20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
    ~ He didn’t struggle with unbelief in God but trusted in what God had promised.

    21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised , he was able also to perform .
    ~ This is important, because God makes us a lot of promises as believers too, do you believe he will be able to fulfill his promises, Abraham did, I do, I hope you do too!

    22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
    ~ It was his belief and faith that gave him his righteousness, It is our faith that makes us righteous before God!

    23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
    ~ It was not only for Abraham that he might be righteous by his believe,

    24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed , if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
    ~ but we are righteous because of our belief in God also. When we believe something impossible like a man was raised from the dead on the third day, but we trust in God that it happened and that same God that had power of death was able to save us from death. We too shall be counted as righteous!

    25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
    ~ Christ was delivered to the cross for our sins, and raised to show he had power of sin and death, for this we have salvation!

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