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  • There is only one God, and there is only one way of being accepted by him. He makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. - Romans 3:30


  • Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law. - Romans 3:31


  • Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What were his experiences concerning this question of being saved by faith? - Romans 4:1


  • But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work. - Romans 4:5


  • Now then, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it for Gentiles, too? Well, what about Abraham? We have been saying he was declared righteous by God because of his faith. - Romans 4:9


  • But how did his faith help him? Was he declared righteous only after he had been circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? The answer is that God accepted him first, and then he was circumcised later! - Romans 4:10


  • The circumcision ceremony was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous--even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are made right with God by faith. - Romans 4:11


  • And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had before he was circumcised. - Romans 4:12


  • It is clear, then, that God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God's law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith. - Romans 4:13


  • So if you claim that God's promise is for those who obey God's law and think they are "good enough" in God's sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless. - Romans 4:14


  • So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. - Romans 4:16


  • And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. - Romans 4:19


  • Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. - Romans 4:20


  • And because of Abraham's faith, God declared him to be righteous. - Romans 4:22


  • Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. - Romans 5:1


  • Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory. - Romans 5:2


  • Well then, what shall we say about these things? Just this: The Gentiles have been made right with God by faith, even though they were not seeking him. - Romans 9:30
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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