Romans 4

Abraham Justified by Faith

What then shall we say [that] Abraham, our forefather, has discovered? If Abraham was indeed justified by works, he had something to boast about, but not before God. For what {does} the Scripture say? “ - Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Genesis 15:6
Now the wages of [the] worker are not credited as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the [one who] does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. And David speaks likewise of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed [are those] whose lawless acts are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed [is] [the] man [whose] sin [the] Lord will never count against him.”
Psalm 32:1,2
[Is] this blessing [only] on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited as righteousness. 10  In what context was it credited? [Was it after] his circumcision, or [before] ? [It was] not [after] , but [before] . 11  And he received [the] sign of circumcision [as] a seal of the righteousness that [he had] by faith [while] [he was still] uncircumcised. So then, he is [the] father of all who believe [but] are not circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12  And [he is also the] father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith [that] our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

Abraham Receives the Promise

13  For it was not through [the] Law [that] Abraham [and] his descendants were promised that he would be heir [of the] world, but through [the] righteousness that comes by faith. 14  For if those [who live by] [the] Law [are] heirs, faith is useless and the promise is worthless, 15  because the Law brings wrath. And where there is no law, [there is] no transgression. 16  Therefore, [the promise comes] by faith, so that [it] may rest on grace [and] may be guaranteed to all [Abraham’s] offspring— not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of [the] faith of Abraham. [He] is [the] father of us all. 17  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”
Genesis 17:5
[He is our father] in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the [God who] gives life to the dead and calls [into] being what {does} not yet exist.
18  Against all hope, [Abraham] in hope believed and so became [the] father of many nations, just as he had been told, “So {shall} your offspring be.”
Genesis 15:5
19  Without weakening in [his] faith, he acknowledged the decrepitness of his body (since he was about a hundred years old ) and the lifelessness of Sarah’s womb. 20  Yet he did not waver through disbelief in the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith [and] gave glory to God, 21  being fully persuaded that [God] was able to do what He had promised. 22  That is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Genesis 15:6
23  Now [the words] “it was credited to him” were written not only for [Abraham] , 24  but also for us, to whom [righteousness] will be credited— for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from [the] dead. 25  [He] was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to life for our justification.
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