Your Sins Are Covered By The Grace Of God

Blessed Are Those Whose Sins Are Covered

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So Paul continues his explanation of Old Testament proofs by introducing his second major Old Testament example: David

Romans 4:6-8 **

just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered;
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

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Why You Need God To Justify You

God Has A Plan To Justify The Ungodly

Abraham believed the promise God gave him concerning Isaac because Abraham trusted in the Lord to be faithful concerning His word. And so it was Abraham’s faith in the trustworthiness of God that lead him to believe. And by that faith, God was pleased to credit Abraham with righteousness.

Romans 4:3-5

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

justifyThis is the same process for anyone who is saved by the grace of God at any point in history. When a person receives a promise from God, and that person places faith (belief ) in God to fulfill that promise. They expect what has been promised will come to pass, and they put aside all doubt. The future promise of God is as certain as is the history of yesterday because we know the One Who promised is faithful to keep His word. As the writer of Hebrews says: Continue reading

Old Testament Faith Is Not Based On Works

Abraham’s Faith Not By Works But Grace

WorksWhy is it important that Paul give us Old Testament proof for salvation? Because everyone who knows God understands that the Church, the period of time since Christ’s birth and death, that we are not the only human beings that God has been working with. He’s been at work in humanity long before that. So that raises the question, was there a different method for salvation that preceded the one that we are now being given in the New Testament?  If that were true it certainly would support the contention that God saves Jews one way and Gentiles another. And if that were true it would divide the Church. And that was the concern that was developing in the first century church. So Paul is addressing that here, saying no, the plan has always been the same. Remember, Paul began by saying that the salvation we have is witnessed by the Law and Prophets. That phrase refers to the Hebrew Bible, the entire Old Testament. So now Paul uses chapter 4 of Romans to look for salvation proof. And in the process, we learn some interesting things. We learn about our own salvation as it relates to Old Testament concepts like circumcision and the covenants that are still relevant today because of the way people misuse those concepts in other ways. Starting with The classic example of salvation by faith, Abraham – Continue reading