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Romans 4

“What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:1-3

Apparently, some of the Christians at Rome were wrestling as to how people are justified. Some argued that man was justified by following the Old Testament law while others debated that salvation came only through faith in Christ Jesus. This was a major dilemma Paul had to clarify.

Paul was very strategic using a critical example found in the Book of Genesis. Although the law was given to the people of Israel, we found that the justification by faith came way before the law of Moses. In fact, we find in Genesis that Abraham believed God, and in doing so, Abraham was counted righteous apart from the law.  In fact, this example presented by Paul happened hundreds of years before the law of Moses was ever given to the nation of Israel.

What does this all mean? Many religions today have created a worker-based salvation, which is contrary to what we find in the Bible. This is the case because humanity naturally wants to work their way to heaven. The Bible is clear though, that salvation can only be obtained by “believing in the Lord Jesus.” Nothing could be simpler.

My friend, I pray that you have come to a place knowing that no man can be justified by their works but by their faith in Jesus Christ the Lord.

RPF