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Faith counted as righteousness!

Scripture reading for May 27th:  2nd Samuel 24, 1st Chronicles 21, Romans 4

Key Scriptures:  Romans 4:3-7 “For what does the Scripture say?  “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.  And to the one who does not work but believes in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”  

Paul used both Abraham and David as models for followers of Jesus Christ.  As Abraham believed God’s promise of a coming son, God counted him as righteous through his obedient trust.  As David appealed to God for forgiveness after his sin against God, so God forgave him and covered his sins.  In the New Testament times, believers trust in the Son of David, Who offered His own body and blood to save us from the penalty and power of sin.  We are declared ‘righteous’ by faith.

2nd Samuel 24:10 “But David’s heart struck him after he had numbered the people.  And David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done.  But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great mercy towards all of us sinners!  I believe on the Lord Jesus, Son of God, Son of David for justification from sin.  I will declare the ‘Good News’!

1st Chronicles 21:25-26 “So David paid Ornan 600 shekels of gold by weight for the site.  And David built there an altar to the Lord and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the Lord, and the Lord answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.”  

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Grace through faith!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Nehemiah 13, Esther 1-3, Romans 4

Key Scriptures:  Romans 4:19-22 “He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about 100 years old) or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.  Now unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  

Paul used the example of Abraham to drive home his argument of justification by faith.  Abraham was not declared righteous by keeping the Law.  The Law had not yet been given.  But Abraham was given a promise that he would become the father of many nations and through his “Seed” all nations would be blessed.  He believed God, even when it looked impossible in the natural!

Esther 2:16  “And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the other virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head. . .”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the grace and favor showed to all men through faith in Jesus Christ.  Help me to believe Your word and receive all Your promises!  Amen.

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Abraham’s faith example!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Romans 4

Abraham and Sarah’s story is recorded in the first book of the Bible; Genesis chapters 12-25.  The Jews traced their origin to this couple and held them in high regard.  Paul used their story to illustrate how God has always justified people who believed Him.

“What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?  If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about–but not before God.  What does the Scripture say?  “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:1-3)

Abraham did not work for God’s favor, but simply believed God that he would have offspring.  Although Abraham was later obedient to God in the matter of circumcision, he was declared righteous before this ‘work’!  Paul explained that circumcision was ‘a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.’  (Romans 4:11)  Abraham thus could be the father of all who believe, circumcised or not.  God has always used faith to bring righteousness, never works or keeping the law!  The promise of righteousness by faith through God’s grace is guaranteed to all who believe!  (Romans 4:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)

Abraham became the ‘father of many nations’ through believing God’s word that he and his wife would have offspring more than the stars of the sky!   At the time Abraham and Sara were both beyond the years of child-bearing.  In spite of this, “he did not waver through unbelief, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what He had promised.  This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.””  (Romans 4:20-22)    Abraham trusted God to do what He had promised!  Have you trusted God for His promised gift of eternal life?

 

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Faith credit in God’s Bank!

Scripture reading for July 17th: Romans 4:1-13

“What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?  If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about–but not before God.  What does the Scripture say?  “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”” (Romans 4:1-3)   (Genesis 15:6)  Paul began to explain to the recipients of his letter that Abraham was not justified by works of the law.  He lived over 400 years before Moses and God simply credited righteous to Abraham for his faith.  When someone works, they earn wages that are not a gift but what is due them.  God owed Abraham nothing and Abraham did nothing to get the credit except believe!

Paul then cited David who said the same thing in Psalm 32:1-2.  “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” Many commentators think that David wrote this Psalm to explain the righteousness that was granted to him in forgiving his sin against God through the incident with Bathsheba.  When he confessed his sin, God forgave him and covered his transgression.  It was a gift and the wages that were due David through the law was death!  David was thankful for the faith credit!

Abraham received the promise that he would be heir of the world and through his offspring all nations on the earth would be blessed.  Abraham had no children at the time and God told him to look at the stars and count them.  His offspring would be as numerous as the stars!  (Genesis 15:5)  It was this promise that Abraham believed.

You might say that our simple trust in God’s promises through Abraham’s offspring–Jesus Christ, guarantees our inheritance as well.  It is our faith in Jesus Christ that causes us to be born again in to the family of God.   It is through our faith that God credits righteousness to us as well.  (2nd Corinthians 5:21)  The righteous inherit the promises!   Isn’t it wonderful to have faith credits deposited in our heavenly account!   Thieves won’t break in and steal it.  We have true riches which we will enjoy for eternity!  Praise the Lord for His glorious grace!

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