Abraham Justified By Faith
What shall we say that Abraham, our forefather,
Discovered in this matter?
2 If in fact, Abraham was Justified by Works,
He had something to Boast about--
But not before God.
3 What does the Scripture say?
'ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD ,
AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.'
4 No when a man works,
His Wages are not credited to him as a Gift,
But as and Obligation.
5 However, to the man who does not work
BUT TRUSTS GOD WHO JUSTIFIES THE WICKED,
HIS FAITH IS CREDITED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
6 David says the same thing
When he speaks of the blessedness
Of the man to whom God credits Righteousness
Apart form Works.
7 'Blessed are they whose Transgressions are forgiven,
Whose Sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man whose Sin
The Lord will never count against him.'
9 Is this Blessedness only for the Circumcised,
Or also for the Uncircumcised?
We have been saying that Abraham's Faith
Was credited to him as Righteousness.
10 Under what circumstances was it credited?
Was it after he was Circumcised, or before?
IT WAS NOT AFTER BUT BEFORE!
11 AND HE RECEIVED THE SIGN OF CIRCUMCISION,
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 HAVE NOT BEEN 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.
13 IT WAS NOT THROUGH 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.
14 FOR THOSE WHO LIVE BY LAW ARE HEIRS,
FAITH HAS NO VALUE
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 BE BY GRACE
AND MANY BE GUARANTEED
TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE OF THE LAW
BUT ALSO TO THOSE WHO ARE OF THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM.
17 As it is written:
'I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MAY NATIONS.'
HE IS OUR FATHER IN THE SIGHT OF GOD,
IN WHOM HE BELIEVED--
THE GOD WHO GIVES LIFE TO THE DEAD
AND CALLS THINGS THAT ARE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE.
18 AGAINST ALL HOPE, ABRAHAM IN HOPE BELIEVED
AND SO BECAME THE FATHER OF MANY NATIONS,
Just as it has been said of him,
'SO SHALL YOUR OFFSPRING BE.'
19 WITHOUT WEAKENING IN HIS FAITH,
HE FACED THE FACT
THAT HIS BODY WAS AS GOOD AS DEAD--
AND SARAH'S WOMB WAS ALSO DEAD.
20 Yet he did not Waver through Unbelief
Regarding the Promise of God,
BEING FULLY PERSUADED
THAT GOD HAD POWER TO DO WHAT HE HAD PROMISED.
21 THIS IS WHY 'IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.'
23 The words 'it was credited to him'
Were written not for him alone,
24 But also for us,
TO WHOM GOD WILL CREDIT RIGHTEOUSNESS--
FOR US WHO BELIEVE IN HIM
WHO RAISED JESUS OUR LORD FROM THE DEAD.
25 HE WAS DELIVERED OVER TO DEATH
FOR OUR SINS
AND WAS RAISED TO LIFE FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION.