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Thursday, July 17

Posted: Thursday, July 17

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
Romans 4:1-12
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 19:15-16

 

 Verse of the day:

For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. (Romans 4:3-5)

 

 Even Abraham was justified through faith, not his good works. Faith was the source of his righteousness. In verse 3, Paul uses the Old Testament scriptures to make this point when he quotes Gen. 15:6 — "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." That word for "reckoned" can be translated different ways: imputed, counted, put to his account. All of these choices depict the idea that Abraham's righteousness was not something he earned, but was gift from God. If we have any doubts about verse 3, the next two verses reinforce the idea of unearned favor through faith. We also see that faith was the source of righteousness for David under the Law of Moses. The implication, then, is that before, during, and after the Law, faith is the means by which a person becomes right with God.

I recently heard it put this way: "Faith itself is not righteousness. It is however, the vehicle by which God's righteousness reaches us. This is central to the message of Romans, and in fact of the whole Gospel—that salvation is a gift from God that we access through faith—not through our works.  

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astor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

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