Read Romans 4.1-5, 13-17

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.  But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.  If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.  For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) –in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

From Rev. X. Rae Browning, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Cumberland, MD

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me (a sinner).

This ancient prayer comes to me as I read Roman 4. Abraham believed and was credited as righteous. Believing is the key to the Kingdom. God sees our salvation through our believing, our gift of faith being built, growing. Our works are not to gain favor in the eye of God, for righteousness comes in believing. Our inheritance is through believing in Jesus Christ.

Believing in God’s promises is life-saving. I recently received a note from a dear person who calls herself, “Jane’s Antique Aunt.” She is in her nineties. She is a true prayer warrior, as well as a worker of the Lord. Her faith continues to grow even in her late years. She wrote how excited she was in entering into a Bible study on “Heaven.” She said, “It is exciting to search the scriptures to unveil all God has promised us if our names are on the Book of Life.”

She also added in this note that she prays for me, my family and our church, and added this… “Even if the numbers are small, that church can still be a pillar of God’s strength and be a witness in Cumberland.”  No matter how small we are, we belong to God through believing.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me (a sinner).

Help me grow in faith throughout life that righteousness may be declared.

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