Daily Devotional: Romans 4:1-8

Paul exposits Genesis 15:6 and Psalm 32:1-2. Paul does not wax eloquent according to his own philosophies or thoughts and then appropriate Scripture to try to prove his point. He takes the plain wording of the text, examines it carefully, and explains a theological truth to his audience.

Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned, or credited, to him as righteousness. What does it mean to have anything credited to us? When I use credit, I use something that is reckoned to me that I have not earned. It is not Abraham’s works that are credited as righteousness, for there would need to be no credit given if Abraham earned his righteousness. Instead, Abraham believed God. His belief was credited to him as righteousness. Belief is the basis on which righteousness was credited, not works. Jesus ultimately paid that line of credit so Abraham would never have to.

Look at Paul’s second exposition from David. David sings about those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin Yahweh does not take into account. God justifies ungodly people by crediting them His righteousness, not on the basis of his works. God credits righteousness apart from our works. Period.


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