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Scripture Speaks on Justification by Faith (Romans 4)

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather 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 counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/22/2013 at 11:10 AM

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  1. Abraham was not in open rebellion to God, however, and calling this ‘faith’ and so many do. So many take the attitude “I am justified by faith alone, so I don’t need to repent; rather I will fill up my sins! Yeah, I have license to sin!” And official preaching is so sappy that it never deals with this problem, but rather refuses to admit the problem is there. But if the problem is not there, why is it that so many Protestant churches are being eaten up by the homosexual lobby? They take the position “we are justified by faith alone, ERGO, it is ok to live in open rebellion against God [i.e. homosexuality].” Yet, still, Protestant minister refuse to address the problem, namely that the form of justification by faith alone preached by them is nothing by a license to sin. And it all goes back to Romans 4:5 “And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the impious, his faith is counted as righteousness,” it all hinges of the meaning of the word which our standard translations insist on mistranslating as ‘ungodly’ or as ‘wicked’: they purposefully mistranslate it this way to make it mean “God justifies those in open-rebellion against him” rather than “God justifies the ritually-slack” or “God justifies the novice to religion” which is what Paul means. His primary concern here is obviously circumcision, a ritual requirement. That God justifies the impious (i.e. ritually-slack) by faith means that God doesn’t care about ritual but counts faith in its place. Faith counts for ritual righteousness where the ritual righteousness is lacking or even non-existent. If someone is not circumcised, faith counts in its place. He does not mean if someone is a rapist they can keep on raping and faith will justify them. He does not mean that if someone is living in adultery they can continue to do so and faith will justify them. But this is what the mainline churches are clearly teaching. They are teaching a false gospel.

    descriptivegrace

    02/22/2013 at 9:35 PM


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