Romans 4  •  1/26/16

      Paul continues writing about Abraham and building on the idea that “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” (Gen 15.6)  It was through Abraham’s ‘ believing God’ (i.e. Abraham’s faith) that he was judged to be in right standing with God.

     That would have been an astounding declaration to the ancient Jews. They knew that their scripture declared Abraham to be a “friend of God.” (2Chron 20.7; Is 41.8) They also knew that Deuteronomy declared that Abraham, “obeyed My (God’s) charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.(Deut 26.5)

     That certainly meant to the ancient Jew that Abraham ‘earned’ God’s blessing. Now Paul was telling them that the only reason Abraham was considered righteous was because of his faith… and furthermore the promise of right standing with God comes to everyone who believes that Jesus “was delivered up for our offenses, and was raised up because of our justification.” 

     Paul will continue to make hiis case next week in Romans 5.