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 credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works.
Romans 4:9b (NASB95)
“For we say, “Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.”
Romans 4:11b (NASB95)
“…that righteousness might be credited to them,
Romans 4:22-25 (NASB95)
22 Therefore it was also credited to him as righteousness. 23 Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, 24 but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.
I wrote last week about the apparent foolishness of certain parts of scripture. On first glance, there are passages that make us think, “That can’t be right.” Part of the reason I addressed this, is that I would like to write over the next few blogs about a few sections of scripture that fit into the foolishness category, or at least did for me when I first studied these truths. The first is here in Romans chapter 4.