Bible: Romans 4:9-24

4:9 Is this blessedness 1  then for 2  the circumcision 3  or also for 4  the uncircumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 5  4:10 How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, 6  so that he would become 7  the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, 8  that they too could have righteousness credited to them. 4:12 And he is also the father of the circumcised, 9  who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised. 10 

4:13 For the promise 11  to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 4:14 For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. 12  4:15 For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression 13  either. 4:16 For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, 14  with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, 15  who is the father of us all 4:17 (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations). 16  He is our father 17  in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who 18  makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. 19  4:18 Against hope Abraham 20  believed 21  in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations 22  according to the pronouncement, 23 so will your descendants be.” 24  4:19 Without being weak in faith, he considered 25  his own body as dead 26  (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 4:20 He 27  did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. 4:21 He was 28  fully convinced that what God 29  promised he was also able to do. 4:22 So indeed it was credited to Abraham 30  as righteousness.

4:23 But the statement it was credited to him 31  was not written only for Abraham’s 32  sake, 4:24 but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

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