Romans 4:1–9 (ESV)
Abraham Justified by Faith
4 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and
it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as
David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.
Abraham is called the Father of Faith.
But did he receive his because he was circumcised? No, he had faith before he was circumcised. Abram was NOT justified by works or circumcision, but by believing. The Bible says “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
Too often I hear people making statements that they need to get right with God. The problem with this statement is that they are putting all the credit on themselves for getting right. This is so wrong, because no one is righteous before God.
It is GOD who makes you righteous, not you! Quit trying to earn your way into heaven and simply believe. That is what Abraham did and it was his faith that was counted as righteousness. Where did his faith come from? From God!
I pray: O Lord, I know I have fallen short and I know what I deserve. I cling to the gift of faith that you have given me (Eph 2:8-9) and trust in your promises. Thank you for your patience, grace,
and mercy. I want to do better. I believe. Amen.