The Promise is Through Righteousness

God made a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.  This promise was not made to Abraham because Abraham was good at keeping rules or the “law”.  In fact, there was no God given “law” at that time.  Genesis records that “Abraham believed God and God accounted it to him as righteousness”.  God made a promise to Abraham and Abraham believed God, by faith.  Here is how Paul writes about this in verses 13-15:  “13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but […]

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Does Circumcision Matter?

No, this is not a medical post; it’s a spiritual post.  As I’m sure most of you know, circumcision was given by God to the Jewish race as a sign of God’s covenant with the Jewish people.  All Jewish boys were to be circumcised as a sign of their identification with God.  In the first century, as the gospel began to spread to non-Jewish people there arose a controversy over the need for circumcision.  Did non-Jewish males who began to follow Jesus need to have circumcision?  Paul puts this question in the context of justification.  Here is what he writes […]

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David’s Confession

Paul continues with his discussion on faith and righteousness with a quote from the Old Testament king, David.  Here are verses 5-8:  “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.”  Verses 7-8 are quotations from Psalm 32, a psalm that seems to indicate how David felt before he confessed his sin with Bathsheba.  The […]

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Abraham’s Faith

As Paul continues to develop his theology of salvation, he continues to remind the reader that justification is by faith and not by works.  Paul’s example is the Old Testament patriarch, Abraham.  Here are the first four verses:  “What then shall we say that Abraham our fatherhas 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.”  Abraham was given many promises by God; not because he was […]

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You Gotta Have Faith

The concluding paragraph of Romans chapter 3 is all about faith.  Here it is:  “27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.”  No one is justified or […]

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Justify!

Verses 25-26 of Romans chapter 3 are amazing verses:  ”25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”  If we would just appreciate what we have just read, it should lead us to amazing worship!  The blood of Jesus Christ is a propitiation, an appeasement, that God has provided for our sin.  In His forbearance, God has passed over our sins […]

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Appeasement

I want to slow down a little as we continue through Romans so just a verse and a half today. Yesterday we read that real righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ.  It’s the righteousness of Jesus that we need, not our own righteousness.  “24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness”,  We are justified by the grace of God as the death of Christ has appeased the wrath of God.  That’s what “propitiation” means.  It’s not appeasement in a selfish or anger-filled way.  But as Paul […]

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Real Righteousness

After having reminded us of our sinful nature and that we cannot be justified by any deed of the flesh, we read the good news in  Romans 3:21-23:  “21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”  Real righteousness does not come by doing good works.  Rather, real righteousness is found in Jesus Christ.  Paul writes that this righteousness was witnessed by the […]

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An Unimpressive Resume’

Most of us have put together a resume’.  A resume’ lists your education, experience and maybe your goals.  It most has to do with listing things about you that would make you attractive to a prospective employer.  We usually focus on good things on the resume’; but in reality, not all things about us are good.  As Paul continues his discussion on the sin of man, he writes one of the most truthful, yet painful sections on what man brings to the table regarding a relationship with God and each other.  We read this in verses 9-19:  “9 What then? Are […]

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Faithful In Spite of No Faith

For the life of me I can’t understand why some people try to run away from the idea that God will judge sin and sinners.  Romans 2 seems to be evidence enough but Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wants to be sure that we don’t miss the point so he presses in at the beginning of chapter 3.  Here are the first eight verses:  “What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? 2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of […]

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