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  • And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life." - Matthew 25:46

  • Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God's eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord's commandments and regulations. - Luke 1:6

  • Now there was a man named Simeon who lived in Jerusalem. He was a righteous man and very devout. He was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he eagerly expected the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. - Luke 2:25

  • In the same way, heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away! - Luke 15:7

  • Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, - Luke 23:50

  • "O righteous Father, the world doesn't know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. - John 17:25

  • You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. - Acts 3:14

  • Name one prophet your ancestors didn't persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One--the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. - Acts 7:52

  • This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life."*5 - Romans 1:17

  • For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous."*1 - Romans 4:3

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

  • King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous: - Romans 4:6

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

  • Now this wonderful truth--that God declared him to be righteous--wasn't just for Abraham's benefit. - Romans 4:23
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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