What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter?
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If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God.
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What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
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Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation.
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However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
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David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.