Bible: Rom 4:1-7

The Illustration of Justification

4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, 1  has discovered regarding this matter? 2  4:2 For if Abraham was declared righteous 3  by the works of the law, he has something to boast about – but not before God. 4:3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited 4  to him as righteousness.” 5  4:4 Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. 6  4:5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, 7  his faith is credited as righteousness.

4:6 So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

4:7Blessed 8  are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;

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