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1 So what can we say that Abraham, the father of our people, learned about faith? 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
2 If Abraham was made right by the things he did, he had a reason to brag. But this is not God's view, 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 because the Scripture says, "Abraham believed God, and God accepted Abraham's faith, and that faith made him right with God." 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 When people work, their pay is not given as a gift, but as something earned. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 But people cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in him, who makes even evil people right in his sight. Then God accepts their faith, and that makes them right with him. 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
6 David said the same thing. He said that people are truly blessed when God, without paying attention to good deeds, makes people right with himself. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 "Happy are they whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned. 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Happy is the person whom the Lord does not consider guilty." 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Is this blessing only for those who are circumcised or also for those who are not circumcised? We have already said that God accepted Abraham's faith and that faith made him right with God. 9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness.
10 So how did this happen? Did God accept Abraham before or after he was circumcised? It was before his circumcision. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 Abraham was circumcised to show that he was right with God through faith before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the father of all those who believe but are not circumcised; he is the father of all believers who are accepted as being right with God. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.
12 And Abraham is also the father of those who have been circumcised and who live following the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. 12 And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 Abrahamn and his descendants received the promise that they would get the whole world. He did not receive that promise through the law, but through being right with God by his faith. 13 It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
14 If people could receive what God promised by following the law, then faith is worthless. And God's promise to Abraham is worthless, 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 because the law can only bring God's anger. But if there is no law, there is nothing to disobey. 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 So people receive God's promise by having faith. This happens so the promise can be a free gift. Then all of Abraham's children can have that promise. It is not only for those who live under the law of Moses but for anyone who lives with faith like that of Abraham, who is the father of us all. 16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring--not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
17 As it is written in the Scriptures: "I am making you a father of many nations." This is true before God, the God Abraham believed, the God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing. 17 As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
18 There was no hope that Abraham would have children. But Abraham believed God and continued hoping, and so he became the father of many nations. As God told him, "Your descendants also will be too many to count." 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
19 Abraham was almost a hundred years old, much past the age for having children, and Sarah could not have children. Abraham thought about all this, but his faith in God did not become weak. 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead--since he was about a hundred years old--and that Sarah's womb was also dead.
20 He never doubted that God would keep his promise, and he never stopped believing. He grew stronger in his faith and gave praise to God. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
21 Abraham felt sure that God was able to do what he had promised. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 So, "God accepted Abraham's faith, and that faith made him right with God." 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 Those words ("God accepted Abraham's faith") were written not only for Abraham 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 but also for us. God will accept us also because we believe in the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
25 Jesus was given to die for our sins, and he was raised from the dead to make us right with God. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.