Friday, April 12, 2013

12 April 2013 - Romans 4: 13

Friday, April 12

It was not through law that Abraham or his seed had the promise that he should be heir of a world, but it was through the righteousness by faith. — Rom. 4:13

God counted faithful Abraham as righteous. (Rom. 4:20-22; Jas. 2:23, 24) That cannot mean that Abraham was sinless while serving Jehovah over the decades. No, he was not righteous in that sense. (Rom. 3:10, 23) However, in his limitless wisdom, Jehovah took into account Abraham’s exceptional faith and his works resulting therefrom. In particular, Abraham exercised faith in the promised “seed” to come in his line. That Seed proved to be the Messiah, or Christ. (Gen. 15:6; 22:15-18) Accordingly, on the basis of “the ransom paid by Christ Jesus,” the divine Judge is able to forgive sins that occurred in the past. Thus, Abraham and other men of faith in pre-Christian times are in line for a resurrection. — Rom. 3:24, 25; Ps.32:1, 2 w11 6/15 2:17, 18