A Letter to a Father about the accreditation of righteousness through faith.

In my study of Romans chapter 4 today, there are a few lessons that I would like to share with you. The lessons that I have learned today, I believe, will encourage you, uplift you, and I pray that it leads you to read the word of God (bible) for yourself.
Romans chapter 4 verse 1-2 reads: [But] if so, what shall we say about Abraham, our forefather humanly speaking—[what did he] find out? [How does this affect his position, and what was gained by him?] For if Abraham was justified ([a]established as just by acquittal from guilt) by good works [that he did, then] he has grounds for boasting. But not before God!
Romans chapter 4 verses 1-2 asks a question in verse one: What did Abraham discover about the flesh? The answer is in verse 2; If Abraham was justified or made right with God by good works, he could boast. As you continue reading verses 3-5 in Romans chapter 4, you will get a better picture and understanding of the lesson.
Verses 3-5 of Chapter 4 in Romans reads: For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed in (trusted in) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living and right standing with God). 4 Now to a laborer, his wages are not counted as a favor or a gift, but as an obligation (something owed to him). 5 But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God).
The first thing you must recognize is the question asked in verse 3 reads, what does the SCRIPTURE say? It does not read what you think, what I believe, or anything of that nature. What I want you to understand is the importance of reading the bible for yourself and understanding the bible for yourself. In verse 4, we learn that Abraham believed in God, and because of his belief and trust in God, it was credited to his account as Righteousness. My question is who do you believe? Who are you trusting? Are you believing in the God that you are praying to, or are you just praying because it is the right thing to do? Most importantly, do you believe what you just heard or read?
I will list more scriptures that confirm what Romans chapter 4 verse 3 is stating, and they are located in Genesis 15:6, James 2:23, and Galatians 3:6. These are some of the scriptures.
Verses 6-8 of Romans Chapter 4 refers to God’s grace and mercy apart from works but because you choose to believe God and take him at his word.
“Thus David [b]congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does: 7 Blessed and happy and [c]to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. 8 Blessed and happy and [d]to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.”
Psalm 32:1 (David pronounces blessings)

Is this blessing (happiness) then meant only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was credited to Abraham as Righteousness. 10 How then was it credited [to him]? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the mark of circumcision as a token or an evidence [and] seal of the righteousness which he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised—[faith] so that he was to be made the father of all who [truly] believe, though without circumcision, and who thus have Righteousness (right standing with God) imputed to them and credited to their account, 12 As well as [that he be made] the father of those circumcised persons who are not merely circumcised, but also walk in the way of that faith which our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
Romans chapter 4 verses 9-12 is informing us that the blessing of God crediting Righteousness apart from work is not only given to those who are circumcised or under the law, but to every one who believes just like Abraham. Abraham believed he would be a father of many nations without having proof of what was being spoken to him. Also, verses 10 and 11 in Romans Chapter 4 further prove that it is not by works but the power of your faith because Righteousness was credited to Abraham before he was circumcised, which is done (work) in the physical realm. The circumcision of Abraham was given as evidence that Abraham was righteous.
As we continue reading further in chapter 4, verses 13-16 of Romans, we begin to understand the importance of our faith better.
“13 For the promise to Abraham or his posterity, that he should inherit the world, did not come through [observing the commands of] the Law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 If it is the adherents of the Law who are to be the heirs, then faith is made futile and empty of all meaning and the promise [of God] is made void (is annulled and has no power). 15 For the Law results in [divine] wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression [of it either]. 16 Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all.”
There are a couple of scriptures I would like to share with you that really got my attention on the importance of faith, and they are found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 verses 12-19:
“12 But now if Christ (the Messiah) is preached as raised from the dead, how is it that some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not risen; 14 And if Christ has not risen, then our preaching is in vain [it amounts to nothing] and your faith is devoid of truth and is fruitless (without effect, empty, imaginary, and unfounded). 15 We are even discovered to be misrepresenting God, for we testified of Him that He raised Christ, Whom He did not raise in case it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised; 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is mere delusion [futile, fruitless], and you are still in your sins [under the control and penalty of sin]; 18 And further, those who have died in [[b]spiritual fellowship and union with] Christ have perished (are lost)! 19 If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hope only in this life and that is all, then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.”
You must have faith in God, and you must believe the word of God.
Now, there is the most profound lesson that I want you to learn, and that is when we believe God and trust in God, it is credited to us as righteousness as well.
Romans chapter 14 verses 17- 25 reads:
“17 As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed. 18 [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be. 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. 20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, 21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised. 22 That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God). 23 But [the words], It was credited to him, were written not for his sake alone, 24 But [they were written] for our sakes too. [Righteousness, standing acceptable to God] will be granted and credited to us also who believe in (trust in, adhere to, and rely on) God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 Who was betrayed and put to death because of our misdeeds and was raised to secure our justification (our [e]acquittal), [making our account balance and absolving us from all guilt before God].”

As I conclude this letter, I would like to leave you with a verse in Romans Chapter 15 verse 4.
“For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.”
Will you believe and trust God?


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