Romans 4

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

What is the greatest blessing God bestows on people today?

Romans 4:Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Romans 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES UNTO THEM; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

What did Abraham believe?

Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

When did Abraham believe this – when he was a circumcized Jew?

No.

When he was still an uncircumcised Gentile :

Romans 4:10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

Only afterwards did God make a covenant with Abraham and his seed, and Abraham was circumcised – which was a token or a sign of the covenant between him and his seed and God :

Romans 4:11 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:

Genesis 17:11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

We are saved in the same context as Abraham, just our faith is based on what Christ did for us on Calvary’s cross – how that He died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, whereas Abraham believed that God would make him the father of many nations and that his descendants would be as many as the stars.

Both Abram and members of the body of Christ are saved through faith and so receive/d God’s imputed righteousness, and their faith is counted as righteousness.  Whereas God went on to make a covenant with Abram and his name was changed to Abraham and he was circumcised as a sign of the covenant between him and God (as well as his descendants), today God does not make or did not make a covenant with members of the body of Christ, nor is there any need for us to adhere to the Levitical or Mosaic Law as Abraham and his descendants did as Jews.

Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

One verse which many find confusing is :

Romans 4:6-7 Even as David also DESCRIBETH the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Psalm 32:1-2 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

But what did David have to do that we do not have to do today?

Psalm 32:5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

1 Kings 15:5 For David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and had not failed to keep any of the LORD’s commands all the days of his life–except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.

Psalm 78:1-3 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

But the Apostle Paul says during this dispensation of the grace of God :

Romans 6:14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Colossians 2;14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Abraham didn’t stagger at the promise of God through unbelief as most his descendants did, he was FULLY PERSUADED – Romans 4:20-21.

Imputed righteousness wasn’t for Abraham alone, but for us too who believe on him that RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD – Romans 4:24, AND WHO WAS DELIVERED FOR OUR OFFENCES, AND WAS RAISED AGAIN FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION – verse 25   2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, God was in Christ……

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Which begs the question :  If everyone in the world is automatically reconciled to God through Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross, why did the Apostle Paul have to beseech people to be reconciled to God?

What does beseech mean?

Ask someone urgently and fervently to do or give something.  Implore, beg….

Please believe the Gospel.

Today God blesses you by saving you and imputing His righteousness to you when you believe Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross.

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

 

 

 

 

 

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