Abraham Set Right by Faith
1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?
2For if Abraham was set right by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God.
3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
4Now to the one who works, the pay is not credited as a gift, but as what is due.
5But to the one who does not work, but trusts in Him who justifies the ungodly, his trust is credited as righteousness—
6just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered.
8Blessed is the man whose sin Adonai will never count against him.”
9Is this blessing then only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? For we say, “trust was credited to Abraham as righteousness.”
10In what state then was it credited? While circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised!
11And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness of the trust he had while he was uncircumcised, so he might be the father of all who are trusting while uncircumcised—that righteousness might be credited to them as well.
12Also he is the father of the circumcised, to those not only circumcised but also walking in the footsteps of the trust of our father Abraham before his circumcision.
Trusting in the Promise
13For the promise to Abraham or to his seed—to become heir of the world—was not through law, but through the righteousness based on trust.
14For if those who are of the Torah are heirs, trust has become empty and the promise is made ineffective.
15For the Torah brings about wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there a violation.
16For this reason it depends on trust, so that the promise according to grace might be guaranteed to all the offspring—not only to those of the Torah but also to those of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all
17(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”). He is our father in the sight of God in whom he trusted, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence that which does not exist.
18In hope beyond hope, he trusted that he would become the father of many nations according to what was spoken—“So shall your descendants be.”
19And without becoming weak in faith, he considered his own body—as good as dead, since he was already a hundred years old—and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
20Yet he did not waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God. Rather, he was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.
21He was fully convinced that what God has promised, He also is able to do.
22That is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
23Now not only for his sake was it written that it was credited to him,
24but for our sake as well. It is credited to us as those who trust in Him who raised Yeshua our Lord from the dead.
25He was handed over for our transgressions and raised up for the sake of setting us right.
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