Dearest brothers and sisters, it is time to make a confession about God’s Good Word. I didn’t let you know that typically I read four books of the Bible at a time, so the blessings of God’s Word that He gives me, and that I will share with you, will come from those four books. Right now I am reading through Leviticus, Psalms, Matthew, and Romans. I decided when I was much younger that reading through just one book of the Bible at a time wasn’t enough, I wanted more of God’s Word and to make better progress through as I read. As of today, I think I have read the entire Bible about ten times and the New Testament many more times than that. God is so good to give me this unquenchable desire to be in His glorious Word. I especially love it when the Holy Spirit brings verses to mind to correct my thinking or encourage my heart. This wonderful section of Scripture was used by my glorious Lord and Savior to encourage my heart after He made it abundantly clear to me that I was an undone sinner saved by His grace.
1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” Romans 4:1-8
Whenever we have a question about God’s grace given to us through Jesus Christ we must always do as Paul demonstrated, we must ask the question, “What does the Scripture say?” We should bring any question that we have about our Lord Jesus Christ and God’s eternal plan to the Bible and search the Scriptures to see what they say to that we can then accurately reflect the mind and heart of God in our thinking and ultimately our behavior.
In this passage above God the Holy Spirit, through Paul, is again clarifying for the Romans, and us, the difference between works (law based salvation, which is impossible because of the sin nature) and grace (God granting us righteousness based upon the completed work of Jesus Christ). Do you see the wonder and glory of this declaration by God that those who believe Jesus Christ, have faith in who He is and what He has done as declared in God’s Holy Word the Bible, are not counted as sinful but as righteous? We, all of the human race, is ungodly and we, all of the human race, needs Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, praise God for His indescribable gift of salvation given to us through Jesus Christ our Lord. We who were the enemies of God through our wicked works have been justified and reconciled to Holy God through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ so that we are the beloved children of God through repentant faith in His Son, and kept through His amazing grace! God has indeed blessed us! Let’s by the power of the Holy Spirit share this life giving message with others. God bless us.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Romans 8:31-34