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1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

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1 Deena E = "Abraham (or Abram) was a faith-filled man. He had a real conversation one day with God, wondering why (in his 90 years) God hadn't given him and Sarai a son yet. God promised (see Genesis 12:1-3) him previously that he would make him into a great nation and that all the people of the earth would be blessed because of him [after He told him to leave his father's house/family]. So here Abram is years later in Genesis 15 wondering what's happening with that promise (Sarai is like 80 years old) and venting to God that He blessed him with all these riches, but no heir. So God tells Abram to look up at the stars and just as no one can count them, so it would be with his descendants. Then Genesis 15:6 says Abram believed God and it was accredited to him as righteousness. In fact, Abram immediately presented an offering to God thanking Him for the promise and really showing his belief.Just like Abraham's belief, when we but our faith in Jesus are we justified."
2 Cary W = "What a test Abraham found himself in, believe in God and all His choices or protect his own son, whom he waited only 50 years to bear.  He chose, even in that critical moment to risk his own son, trusting in the goodness of God to make him live again.  Sound familiar?"
3 Cary W = "God says rest in Me and know that I am God.  It is enough if we just wait on Him to move us to our next work or goal, rather than strive in the flesh to please him.  Which does not work, for all falls short of His Glory.  And His Glory is all that really has value."
4 Sarah R = ""In the very act of forgiving sin, or, to use Paul's daring phrase of 'justifying the ungodly,' God must act in harmony with His whole character. He must show what He is in relation to sin - that evil cannot dwell with Him because He refuses to tolerate sin in any form. In the very process of making forgiveness available to men, of necessity, His complete abhorrence of sin is shown. In other words, God must not merely forgive men, but must forgive in such a way which shows that He forever hates evil and can never treat it as other than completely hateful. Sin makes a real difference to God, and even in forgiving, He cannot ignore sin or regard it as other or less than it is. If He did so, He would not be more gracious than He is in the Atonement - He would cease to be God."- Denney, James, The Death of Christ (1963), page 3."
5 Cary W = "I love how much God continually revealed to David the revelation of Jesus; it almost makes one wonder if Christ Himself had made personal appearance to the Hebrew king."
6 Sarah R = "In the NIV: "Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.""
7 Cary W = "This is one of the main crucial points Paul repeatedly offered the Jews to whom he preached, for they were sorely stuck on the Law and the Prophets and the promises given to those who obey the laws of God.But even the prophecy to Abraham was given because he acted in faith, and by that faith received (like us to follow) righteousness.  Then God declares that Abraham's seed will not be the the Jews who obey the law, but Jew and Gentile alike, who receive this gift of righteousness by faith."
8 Cary W = "Jesus, and the grace given through Him, completely dismantled the Law, and its punishments, ending forever any reason of transgression.  We are all the seed of Abraham, and though we do well to follow after the Spirit and not the carnal mind, we have grace at work in all things upon the earth.  Thanks to the blood of Christ that takes away the sin of the world."
9 Cary W = "The whole calling of the Jewish Nation was through Abraham, and even though their path would include attempting to please God through obedience to His Law, their introduction to Him was first based on sheer faith that God is the one Who is doing the work, that He does what He promises, and that He can be fully trusted and hold good on our faith.  And that one simple move on our part is accounted to us as righteousness."
10 Cary W = "We have this grace then, though being fallen, prone to pride, rebellion and lust, having our consciousness cleaned and a new heart restored in the love of God, let us continue in walking in His gift of holiness, restored to all who believe in Him."
11 Sarah R = "God's "holiness demands atonement or, as we put it, a penalty for sin. His amazing love provides the payment."- Little, Paul L. Know What You Believe (2008). Page 84"