Romans Chapter 4
11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
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Matthew Henry's Romans Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
The doctrine of justification by faith is shown by the case of Abraham. (1-12) He received the promise through the righteousness of faith. (13-22) And we are justified in the same way of believing. (23-25)1-12 To meet the views of the Jews, the apostle first refers to the example of Abraham, in whom the Jews gloried as their most renowned forefather. However exalted in various respects, he had nothing to boast in the presence of God, being saved by grace, through faith, even as others. Without noticing the years which passed before his call, and the failures at times in his obedience, and even in his faith, it was expressly stated in Scripture that "he believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness," #Ge 15:6|. From this example it is observed, that if any man could work the full measure required by the law, the reward must be reckoned as a debt, which evidently was not the case even of Abraham, seeing faith was reckoned to him for righteousness. When believers are justified by faith, "their faith being counted for righteousness," their faith does not justify them as a part, small or great, of their righteousness; but as the appointed means of uniting them to Him who has chosen as the name whereby he shall be called, "the Lord our Righteousness." Pardoned people are the only blessed people. It clearly appears from the Scripture, that Abraham was justified several years before his circumcision. It is, therefore, plain that this rite was not necessary in order to justification. It was a sign of the original corruption of human nature. And it was such a sign as was also an outward seal, appointed not only to confirm God's promises to him and to his seed, and their obligation to be the Lord's, but likewise to assure him of his being already a real partaker of the righteousness of faith. Thus Abraham was the spiritual forefather of all believers, who walked after the example of his obedient faith. The seal of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification, making us new creatures, is the inward evidence of the righteousness of faith.
13-22 The promise was made to Abraham long before the law. It points at Christ, and it refers to the promise, #Ge 12:3|. In Thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. The law worketh wrath, by showing that every transgressor is exposed to the Divine displeasure. As God intended to give men a title to the promised blessings, so he appointed it to be by faith, that it might be wholly of grace, to make it sure to all who were of the like precious faith with Abraham, whether Jews or Gentiles, in all ages. The justification and salvation of sinners, the taking to himself the Gentiles who had not been a people, were a gracious calling of things which are not, as though they were; and this giving a being to things that were not, proves the almighty power of God. The nature and power of Abraham's faith are shown. He believed God's testimony, and looked for the performance of his promise, firmly hoping when the case seemed hopeless. It is weakness of faith, that makes a man lie poring on the difficulties in the way of a promise. Abraham took it not for a point that would admit of argument or debate. Unbelief is at the bottom of all our staggerings at God's promises. The strength of faith appeared in its victory over fears. God honours faith; and great faith honours God. It was imputed to him for righteousness. Faith is a grace that of all others gives glory to God. Faith clearly is the instrument by which we receive the righteousness of God, the redemption which is by Christ; and that which is the instrument whereby we take or receive it, cannot be the thing itself, nor can it be the gift thereby taken and received. Abraham's faith did not justify him by its own merit or value, but as giving him a part in Christ.
23-25 The history of Abraham, and of his justification, was recorded to teach men of after-ages; those especially to whom the gospel was then made known. It is plain, that we are not justified by the merit of our own works, but by faith in Jesus Christ and his righteousness; which is the truth urged in this and the foregoing chapter, as the great spring and foundation of all comfort. Christ did meritoriously work our justification and salvation by his death and passion, but the power and perfection thereof, with respect to us, depend on his resurrection. By his death he paid our debt, in his resurrection he received our acquittance, #Isa 53:8|. When he was discharged, we, in Him and together with Him, received the discharge from the guilt and punishment of all our sins. This last verse is an abridgement or summary of the whole gospel.
Jennifer's Romans Chapter 4 comment about verse 25 on 10/18/2014, 9:09pm...
As proof of Gods acceptance of the sacrifice for our sins were paid through the death of His son ie the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus and then God raised Jesus from the dead showing that we are now justified because our sins have been paid for.i see it like an acknowledgement just like in the old testament when a sacrifice was consumed by fire it showed that God was pleased with the sacrifice by raising Jesus from the dead and thereby proving to man that He was justified through faith in the work of the cross.
John wright's Romans Chapter 4 comment on 10/12/2014, 11:10am...
Romans 4 is great inspiration for those who are lost and seeking hope and faith..Abraham is a prime example of how we should become while dealing through trials and tribulations..
THOMAS.V.JOSE's Romans Chapter 4 comment on 9/12/2014, 11:38am...
verse15 .According to JESUS a man should leave all his worldly pleasures which his body experiences and should live in his soul,if one lives in his soul he shouldn 't follow any law which is meant for the body.If you live in your soul you can forgive others ,you will not become angry,you love others since what others do against you is only against your body and not against your soul or the actual you.
Mrs C's Romans Chapter 4 comment about verse 17 on 9/06/2014, 6:45pm...
By calling things into existence like our creator did by faith in him amen n love the way pastor James O so graciously put it thank you in going pray it just that way
Shay's Romans Chapter 4 comment about verse 20 on 8/13/2014, 2:03pm...
Abraham had built a strong, personal, trusting relationship with Jehovah over many years. He rejected any doubts that might have weakened that relationship.
Bonah Felicity's Romans Chapter 4 comment about verse 17 on 7/14/2014, 5:31pm...
Romans 4 17, is a typical example of the book of Genesis 1 1 going. When God said, let there be and there was. So the worlds were created out of things which do not appear. So God himself, the I am God created the world by faith. So Hebrews recorded For by faith the worlds were created out of things which do not appear. So Abraham believed God based on nothing out of nothing at all, no evidence took a bold step by stepping out of his fathers kindred, to where he doesn 't even know, where as the things God promised Abraham in human idealogy, seemed so impossible but by Abrahams faith, impossibilities became a reality. Thus Abrahams faith calleth forth those things that be not as though they were. In our life application nothing can bring our breakthrough except by faith. Hebrews 11 1 faith therefore is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things unseen. For we walk by faith not by sight!
Tony's Romans Chapter 4 comment on 3/24/2014, 9:13am...
two different testaments indeed the funny thing is we speaking for myself and other non Jewish people Have such a hard time letting go of the law but we re don t even have the law for we are not of the Jewish nation But thanks be to GOD we are adopted into Grace by faith for it is by grace you are saved not of works Ephesians 2 9 so take hold of the new testament and grow in grace looking into the perfect law of liberty gal 5 13
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