Faith counts as righteousness

Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.–Romans 4:8

In Romans 4, Paul describes the faith of Abraham.  He says that because Abraham believed on God, God counted his faith as righteousness.  In verse 21, Paul explains why.  Abraham believed that what God had promised He was able to perform.  God had brought Abraham from his home, his family to a strange new land.  He proved Himself to Abraham in many ways, but also Abraham realized that the God who was over all could do anything.  So Abraham believed anything God promise Him, God would perform.

Our faith is not dependent on works, but it is proved by works.  The people who were under the Mosaic Law believed that their works of righteousness, their mitzvot, counted as faith.  This is not so.  Abraham moved with God not because He believed on his works, but he performed his works because he had faith in God.

Our sins are forgiven in Jesus.  Our sins are washed away in baptism.  We get baptized not to be counted for righteousness, but because we are righteous through our faith.  It’s important to realize that.   So for those of us who have faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God does not count our sins and we are counted as righteous before Him, even though we are imperfect humans.  Why?

Because we who have faith believe that God is going to see us through to the end.  He is the author and the finisher of our faith.  He didn’t bring us out to leave us in the wilderness.  He brought us out to see us through to the promised land, the resurrection.   Every trial and temptation we have along the way is just to prove us, but we know, WE KNOW, that God is able to see us through.

So, take heart, my friends.  Believe by faith that God will finish the work He has begun in you.  No matter what comes your way, seek after God and He will see you through it.  There is nothing we cannot overcome because Jesus overcame this world.  We are assured of victory if we hold faith until the end.

If you haven’t begun to have faith, today is a good time.  Ask God for the wisdom to start your journey of faith.  Read the Bible.  Pray devoutly.  Read the apostles doctrine and follow it with an obedient heart.  And believe without doubting that God is able to perform a good work in you.

In Jesus Name…..

Pamela Parizo © 2017


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