- Abraham was accounted in right standing with God because of his faith and trust in God, not because of his good works.
- David was accounted in right standing with God because of his faith and trust in God, not because of his good works.
- My right standing with God is because of my faith and trust in Jesus and not because of my good works.
- What a relief! I do not need to work my way to salvation and right standing with God….which is impossible because all humans sin!
- We come into relationship with Father, Son Jesus, and Holy Spirit by faith, and then we are to continue to live in that faith! Our good works are a fruit of being in relationship with HIm and knowing Him. Our good works are not efforts to be approved for salvation.
- What a humungous grace it is to be forgiven with sins buried deep out of site and mind, and be set free, into a right relationship of love with God!!!
Paul gives a scriptural example of how God justifies people by His grace through their faith, rather than works of the Law. This example is Abraham. The Bible shows that Abraham believed and trusted in God and that is why God credited righteousness to his account, so that Abraham could have rightstanding with God. Circumcision was the physical sign of the covenant between God and Abraham and came as a result of Abraham’s faith. The Law through Moses came much later. Abraham continued his faith journey with God in fathering Isaac and even later being wiling to offer Isaac to God. Abraham trusted God’s promise that he would be the father of many nations. Abraham was not perfect in his actions/works, so he did not earn right standing with God by his works. God gives right standing with Him based on a trusting faithful relationship.
King David also saw the love, grace, and blessing of God by accounting righteousness based on faith instead of works, and wrote about it in Psalm 32: 1-2 (Romans 4:7-8). David also was not perfect in works. We can say the same about all the patriarchs of the Old Testament. They did not have right standing with God by observing the commands of the Law.
Therefore inheriting the promises of God is the outcome of faith and depends entirely on faith, that it might be given as an act of grace. In this way, God’s promise is stable and valid and guaranteed to to those who remain in faith and trust in God! People fail, but God never fails!
What a relief! My salvation is not based on me doing everything right! As we get to Romans 7, we will see that even Paul had trouble doing everything right. Romans 8:1 gives us the answer to this dilema. It is the same as Romans 4: 7-8…
“Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. Blerssed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.”
Hallelujah!!! God has kept His sure promise! Jesus came to pay our penalty of sin so that holy Father could justly forgive us through the blood of Jesus! All we need to do if we want to be ransomed from evil is to choose to trust Jesus and follow Him! We are saved by His grace through our faith (Ephesians 2: 8-10). We should be immensely grateful and give thanks and praise to Jesus forever in the eternal life He gives us!
Now, our earnest desire should also be to follow Him in our new life of righteousness. Our good works then become works to love and honor Him and not works to earn salvation or His blessing! Remember the previous chapter….Does God’s grace to forgive entitle us to sin? Certainly not!!! We have been delivered from sin, why would we want to go back and walk in it again? We are now in fellowship with God and being built up in Him to form a good dwelling place for the Holy Spirit! Hallelujah!!!