Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Romans 4: God's Righteousness Justifies By Faith In Christ, Not Our Merits

Text: Romans 4

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God:

2. In Justification (3:21-5:21)
   B) Apart from works (3:27 - 4:25)



By the example of Abraham (1-5, 9-25) and king David (6-8), chapter 4 shows men have always been justified by faith, apart from works.  God justified Abraham by faith before He gave him the sign of circumcision, and well before giving Israel the OT law. King David noted that God gave forgiveness, and covering of sins to those who commit "lawless deeds". Thus both show that God has always justified by faith, apart from works. Galatians 3:8 agrees that even today, God makes those righteous who "believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our transgressions, and was raised for our justification" (Romans 4:24-25).  By the example of Abraham and king David, chapter 4 shows men have always been justified by faith in Christ, apart from works.


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