Wednesday, October 10
ABRAHAM JUSTIFIED BY FAITH
What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 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 credited to him for righteousness. 4 Now to the one who works, pay is not credited as a gift, but as something owed. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes on him who declares the ungodly to be righteous, his faith is credited for righteousness.
DAVID CELEBRATING THE SAME TRUTH
6 Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
“7 Blessed are those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the person the Lord will never charge with sin.”
ABRAHAM JUSTIFIED BEFORE CIRCUMCISION
9 Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness. 10 In what way then was it credited — while he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? It was not while he was circumcised, but uncircumcised. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also. 12 And he became the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith our father Abraham had while he was still uncircumcised.
THE PROMISE GRANTED THROUGH FAITH
13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, 15 because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.
Romans 4 paints one of the clearest pictures of the difference between works and grace. The idea of grace is directly opposite to the principle of working for salvation. Grace is something that is freely given as a gift, while works have to do with earning what you receive from God. One of the real problems with a works-based mentality is that It puts God in debt to us, it makes us believe that God owes us something because of our good
behavior. In a works-based mentality we dangerously begin to think that God owes us salvation because of how well we’ve been behaving. We should be really grateful that isn’t the case. If we’re really honest, how long can we actually keep our “good behavior” up? I’m so thankful God doesn’t deal with us based on what we actually deserve. Instead, He deals with us based on unmerited, unwarranted, and undeserved grace!
Paul doesn’t suggest just sitting back doing nothing. He does suggest that we do the work of believing - we must do the work of surrendering to God and putting our faith in Him. Today, how can you put your faith completely in the finished work of Christ?
God, help me celebrate the grace you’ve given me by giving me opportunities to talk to others about how you’ve saved me and changed me.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.