Summary: Only through faith can a believer maintain growth Spiritually. A verse upon verse study on the book of Romans.
Being Justified by Faith Text: Romans 4: 1-12
1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found 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 accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.
David Celebrates the Same Truth
5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
7 “ Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered;
8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”
Abraham Justified Before Circumcision
9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.
To meet the views of the Jews, the apostle first refers to the example of Abraham, in whom the Jews gloried as their most renowned forefather. It is expressly stated in Scripture that "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness," "God is called “the Lord our Righteousness."
Pardoned people are the only blessed people. It clearly appears from the Scripture, that Abraham was justified several years before his circumcision. Abraham is the spiritual forefather of all believers, who walked after the example of his obedient faith.
The seal of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification, making us new creatures, is the inward evidence of the righteousness of faith.
What is the inward evidence of the righteousness of faith? Becoming a new creature. II Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Romans 4:1-2 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
After proving in Romans 3:21-31 that both Jews and Gentiles could only be saved by grace through faith! Paul sets out to show how Abraham and David were justified by grace through faith!
Abraham didn’t have anything to boost about other than in God!
Romans 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”