Thursday, June 28, 2007

Text Of The Day: God Justifies The Ungodly

Romans 4: 1-8

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

(Of all the names of God found in scripture, this is one of my favorites. Paul calls God, "him who justifies the ungodly." No matter what anyone has done, there is hope. Hope not just because of what God has done by sending Christ to die on the cross and rise from the dead, but because of who He is. He is the justifier.)


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