Thursday, January 21, 2016

"Faith Credited as Righteousness"

“Faith Credited as Righteousness”


What does Scripture say?   “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”   It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.   Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring---not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham.  He is the father of us all.   The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but for us, to whom God will credit righteousness---for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.              Romans 4:3, 13, 16, 23-25


Because “Abraham believed God, it was credited to him as righteousness.”  Abraham’s FAITH was what provided his RIGHTEOUSNESS, NOT his works.  He believed ALL that God had told him and promised him, as inconceivable as it seemed, Abraham took God at face value, and his FAITH was credited to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS. 


It wasn’t through Abraham’s obeying the Law, there was NO Law, it had not be given yet, and where there was NO LAW, there could be no breaking of the law.  So it was NOT through his works that he would be HEIR OF THE WORLD, but through his RIGHTEOUSNESS, which comes by FAITH.  The promise came by FAITH only, in order that, by GRACE, it may be guaranteed to ALL Abraham’s offspring---not just to those who keep the law, but also to those who have the FAITH of Abraham. 


Because he is the father of us all, the words that his “FAITH that was credited to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS,” was not written for him alone, but it is for ALL who believe in the One who has the plan for the SALVATION for ALL mankind, who brought Jesus to earth, to die for our sins, and to be raised to life for our justification in order for us to have the FAITH of Abraham, and to have our FAITH be credited as RIGHTEOUSNESS.   


In order to have that FAITH and have it be credited to you as RIGHTEOUSNESS, to have a RIGHT standing with the Almighty God.  You MUST come to God with a REPENTANT HEART, and be TRULY SORRY for your sins.  You MUST: CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE, in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and have your FAITH credited to you as RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!




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