Romans 4:1-3 NIV 2011
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Paul used Abraham’s position in Jewish history as God’s faithful example of one that was justified. James 2:21, “Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?” Abraham was justified not by his works but by his faith and trust in God. Paul quoted the Torah, Genesis 15:8, to reveal doing good works is not what saves anyone. By believing in God ‘s promises found in His Word the faith of believers grows exponentially. God blesses those who believe and obey Him. God justifies believers through faith in His promise, Jesus Christ.
“Those who fail to look at history are doomed to repeat it.” The same is true for me as a believer. God’s Word contains the history of God’s people. By remaining in God’s Word daily, His Words guide my attitude and walk. Sunday’s message centered on “Using Jesus” or “Having Jesus alone.” I can either believe I must do something to earn eternal life or I believe Jesus paid the price for my sins. I’m justified through faith because Jesus atoned for my sins.
What does justification offer believers?
Saved by Jesus,