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1 Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What were his experiences concerning this question of being saved by faith? 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
2 Was it because of his good deeds that God accepted him? If so, he would have had something to boast about. But from God's point of view Abraham had no basis at all for pride. 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous." 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what they receive. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work. 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 spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous: 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 "Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord." 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Now then, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it for Gentiles, too? Well, what about Abraham? We have been saying he was declared righteous by God because of his faith. 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 But how did his faith help him? Was he declared righteous only after he had been circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? The answer is that God accepted him first, and then he was circumcised later! 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 The circumcision ceremony was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous -- even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are made right with God by faith. 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 spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith 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 It is clear, then, that God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God's law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by 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 So if you claim that God's promise is for those who obey God's law and think they are "good enough" in God's sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 But the law brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!) 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 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 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings into existence what didn't exist before. 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 God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars," even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! 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 And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able 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 Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought 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 convinced that God was able to do anything he promised. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 And because of Abraham's faith, God declared him to be righteous. 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 Now this wonderful truth -- that God declared him to be righteous -- wasn't just for Abraham's benefit. 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 It was for us, too, assuring us that God will also declare us to be righteous if we believe in God, who brought Jesus our Lord back 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 He was handed over to die because of 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.