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1 What should we say about those things? What did our father Abraham discover about being right with God? 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
2 Did he become right with God because of something he did? If so, he could brag about it. But he couldn't brag to God. 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 What do we find in Scripture? It says, "Abraham believed God. God accepted Abraham's faith, and so his faith made him right with God."#1(Genesis 15:6)#2 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 When a man works, his pay is not considered a gift. It is owed to him. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 But things are different with God. He makes evil people right with himself. If people trust in him, their faith is accepted even though they do not work. Their faith makes them right with God. 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
6 King David says the same thing. He tells us how blessed some people are. God makes those people right with himself. But they don't have to do anything in return. David says, 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 "Blessed are those whose lawless acts are forgiven. Blessed are those whose sins are taken away. 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord never counts against him." #1(Psalm 32:1,2)#2 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Is that blessing only for those who are circumcised? Or is it also for those who are not circumcised? We have been saying that God accepted Abraham's faith, and so his 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 When did it happen? Was it after Abraham was circumcised, or before? It was before he was circumcised, not after! 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 He was circumcised as a sign of the covenant God had made with him. It showed that his faith had made him right with God before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the father of all believers who have not been circumcised. God accepts their faith. So their faith makes them right with him. 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 Abraham is also the father of the circumcised who believe. So just being circumcised is not enough. Those who are circumcised must also follow the steps of our father Abraham. He had faith 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 Abraham and his family received a promise. God promised that Abraham would receive the world. It would not come to him because he obeyed the law. It would come because of his faith, which made him right with God. 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 Do those who obey the law receive the promise? If they do, faith would have no value. God's promise would be worthless. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 The law brings God's anger. Where there is no law, the law can't be broken. 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 The promise is based on God's grace. The promise comes by faith. All of Abraham's children will certainly receive the promise. And it is not only for those who are ruled by the law. Those who have the same faith that Abraham had are also included. He 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 It is written, "I have made you a father of many nations."#1(Genesis 17:5)#2 God considers Abraham to be our father. The God that Abraham believed in gives life to the dead. Abraham's God also speaks of things that do not exist as if they do exist. 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 When there was no reason for hope, Abraham believed because he had hope. He became the father of many nations, exactly as God had promised. God said, "That is how many children you will have."#1(Genesis 15:5)#2 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 Without becoming weak in his faith, Abraham accepted the fact that he was past the time when he could have children. At that time he was about 100 years old. He also realized that Sarah was too old to have children. 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 But he kept believing in God's promise. He became strong in his faith. He gave glory 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 He was absolutely sure that God had the power to do what he had promised. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 That's why "God accepted Abraham because he believed. So his faith made him right with God." 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 The 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 They were written also for us. We believe in the God who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. So God will accept our faith and make us right with himself. 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 handed over to die for our sins. He was raised to life in order to make us right with God. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.