1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
<b>According to the 'flesh' means by works, or Abraham's obedience to the law of circumcision, was this enough for God to declare him righteous before Him?</b>
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
<b>If Abraham's works, or his obedience to the law of circumcision, was enough for God to declare him righteous before Him, then Abraham would have every right to boast, for he would have succeeded in being accepted by God for his righteous life, or keeping of the law.
If this were the case, it might allow him to boast about it to other men, but not before God.
Pauls point is that Abraham was not justified by works, or keeping of the law, but by faith.</b>
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
<b>At a time when Abram was yet childless, God promises him that his descendants would be as countless as the stars of heaven.
To believe that is an astounding thing. "Abram believed God" means "Abram believed what God said and in his believing, God counted it to him as righteousness. (Gen 15:6)
God's declaration did not make him righteous, it did not change Abram, it changed his status with God. Though he was not righteous, God counted him as righteous.
In the same way a born again believer in himself is never righteous, he is righteous only in God's accounting, because righteousness is in Christ (1 Cor 1:30) and the believer, when in Christ, is counted by God in Christ's righteousness.
The believer is declared righteous by the faith of Christ (Rom 5:1 amp)
Christ is the seed of the blessing (Gal 3:16) which was made to Abram 'his descendants would be as countless as the stars of heaven' through the one Seed, Christ, the blessing should come to all people, salvation available to all mankind.</b>
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
<b>If a person could be saved by works, then it could appear that salvation would be a form of payment to that person from God,
God is not under obligation or debt to save anyone. If salvation were 'earned' by our own works, then there would be no need for God's grace in sending Christ full of His grace to provide The Way for salvation.</b>
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
<b>The truth which the gospel message reveals is that God is willing to justify the ungodly .
Abraham did not have to work to earn His right standing with God (Rom 4:4-5).
Likewise, when we believe and confess Christ, we are counted in Christ's right standing with God.
As a result of that accounted righteousness, God will never again remember our sins (Rom 4:6-8, Heb 8:12). </b>
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
<b>Blessed (means empowered to prosper and have success) are those who are now 'born again' and to whom every blessing in Christ is now available to them by the faith of Christ.(Eph 1:3)</b>
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
<b>We are truly blessed because God will not hold any sin against our spirits. Our spirits are clean and pure (Eph 4:24, Heb 12:23, 1 Jo 4:17) and will not change due to our performance.
All our sins, past, present, and future were forgiven through the one offering of Jesus. This means that our born again spirits are totally forgiven and made new. (2 Cor 5:17)
Why, then does (1 Jo 1:9) say "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness?"
This is not speaking of the eternal salvation of our spirits but rather the salvation of our souls (Jam 1:21, 1 Pet 1:9).
It's our spirits that become born again at salvation, and sin will never be imputed to our born-again spirits. They have been sanctified and perfected forever (Heb 10:10, 14, 12:23) and cannot sin (1Jo 3:9).
It is our soul area (mind, will and emotions) that are subject to sin and must be renewed by the washing of the word of God on a daily basis. (Rom 12:2, Eph 5:25-27)
The saving of our souls (Jam 1:21 and 1Pe 1:9) is an ongoing process.
When we sin, the devil has a legal right to bring his forms of death into our soulish area (Ro 6:16).
This is when we walk outside of Christ and are then subject to the law of sin and death. (Rom 8:2)
How do we enter back into Christ, we go back in through the door?
We confess it, (1 Jo 1:9) and God brings out into the soulish realm that forgiveness that is already a reality in our born-again spirits, the devil then has no legal right to affect us and we walk right back into the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:2)</b>
9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
<b>Every blessing that is in Christ Jesus, is now available to all who will believe and be 'born again' whether Jew or non Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, through the righteousness of faith.</b>
14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
<b>The promise to Abraham was grace through faith and not by the Law of Moses, and it also applied to all people, not just those under the Law</b>
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
<b>Faith is a direct result of what you think on. If you think on God's Word, spiritual hearing comes and faith comes (Ro 8:6 and 10:17). If you think on other things, unbelief and fear comes (Ro 8:6, Mt 6:22-23).
If you want the faith of Abraham working in you, then think the way he thought and never consider anything except God's Word, and you will be strong in faith.</b>
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
<b>Both Abraham, though old and normally unable to father a child, and Sarah, also unable to bear a child, believed God.
Abraham grew strong in faith and gave all glory to God for fulfilling His promise of a son.
Faith is believing what God has said; faith is not working in order to earn something.
Abraham wasn't just persuaded, he was fully persuaded. Many are persuaded that the promises of God are true, but they are not fully persuaded. They stop short of meditating on God's Word in the Holy Spirit until they become fully persuaded. (Click on the link at the bottom of this page for more on how to read and meditate in God's word by the Holy Spirit.)
Strong faith belongs to those who continue in God's Word until all doubt is removed.
Many times we really do doubt that God can perform His promises for us. We can believe He does for others, but the question remains, 'will He do it for me?'
Whatever we focus our attention on is what 'gets us'. Our hearts will believe what we focus and pay attention to, and will disbelieve whatever we neglect.
Meditating on worry and problems, creates doubt that makes it look like it is impossible for God to move in our situation.
Keeping our minds stayed on the promises of God, will prove that nothing is too difficult for Him (Jer 32:17, 27).</b>
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
<b>Imputed to him or credited to his account, the Lord counted him as righteous, in right standing with God.</b>
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
<b>To be counted as righteous by God, was this for Abram alone and no one else?</b>
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
<b>It is available to all who believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, believe in their hearts and confess with their mouth, they are saved. (they are declared or counted as righteous, (Rom 10:9))</b>
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
<b>For Jesus Christ was made to us our wisdom, (revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden) making us righteous (upright and putting us in right standing with God) and our redemption (ransom from the eternal penalty for sin.) (1 Cor 1:30)</b>