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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Romans 4  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 09 June 2017

Romans 4
The Doctrine of Justification by faith without the works of the law was contrary to the notions the Jews had learnt from those that sat in Moses’ chair. He wanted to prove by reason and example talking about Abraham who the Jews glorified as we all came from his seed. All that are saved are justified in the same way as Abraham was by faith not by works. Abraham was faithful to God as he was obedient to God law. The whole chapter is devoted to being justified by faith not works.
Abraham Justified by Faith
1. What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? When you find something it’s for the simple reason your looking and when we are looking for the truth we find it, for the simple reason we wanted to be accepted and that is trusting, or having faith in God, who gives what man needs for being justified, as if we had never sinned.  When faith is at work, it produced fruit for we are abiding in the vine and it is normal to produce Godliness. For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. When we look at works we want to boast of what we have done and not what God does in our lives. So, Justification is based totally upon our faith in Gods ability to allow us to be ambassadors for the Kingdom of God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ It is our faith that has tremendous advantages, for it is God being able to work in us, as we are committed to Him, abiding in Him, not my will, Your will be done, Oh, Lord, is our way, truth and life You created for good will and peace. No one went through as much as Abraham for he was tested and tried more than any other man to show who was his leader. Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. Genesis 15:4 I am thy exceeding great reward. We are so enriched, as everything we are we owe it to the Lord, for He did the work that His Father God required of Him as He went alone to the Cross. So, it was God’s grace that was extended to Him, as He arose from the grave of sins consequence and now has justified us, given us grace, to be sanctified, redeemed and glorified by our Lord, to make a difference in our world.
David Celebrates the Same Truth
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: Lord may we be able to relax in your hands that are outstretched to all, so we can be justified by our faith in You, so we can attain unto righteousness, as we are now walking and talking to Jesus our Father God and the Holy Spirit. David was forgiven when he confessed his sin it bought Him justification, mercy and grace, which is ongoing as we are becoming more and more like Jesus. The word imputes, is totally the work of the Lord on the cross, as He suffered and died alone. Jesus forgave His tormentors for it is only Pardoned people who are the only blessed people and thus the Lord pardons us when we accept the fact we are to be blamed for our sins. It is not blaming others, it is accepting we are sinners and need forgiveness, that is being born again with a new spirit of God with in us, keeping us seeking God for His bountiful blessings.
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.’ Blessed are those who know the truth that they are sinners and need to admit they are powerless and need help to empower them to do Gods will and not have their way.
Justified Before Circumcision
Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. It is a fact Abraham was justified by faith some 14 years before he was circumcised. This should silence the fears of the power uncircumcised Gentiles and lower the pride of the conceitedness of the Jews, who gloried in circumcision.  10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. God wants us to know it is more important to have faith in God that even being circumcised. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised. Notice He received a sign, then a seal; a sign to represent and instruct, a seal to ratify and confirm. There are signs of absolute grace and favor; they are seals of the conditional promises, or mutual seals. God does in the sacraments, seals us, to be a God, therein seals to be His people, Jews-Christians. A sign of that original corruption which we are all born with, which is cut off by spiritual circumcision, a commemorating sign of God’s covenant with Abraham-a distinguishing sign between Jews and Gentiles, a sign of admission into the visible church, a sign prefiguring baptism, which comes in the room of circumcision, now under the gospel, when (the blood of Christ being shed) all bloody ordinances are abolished; it was an outward and sensible sign of inward and spiritual grace signified thereby.  A seal of the righteousness of the faith becoming justified according to the promise of Deuteronomy 30:12
That He might be the Father of all those that believe. Genesis 4:30, 21 He is the standard pattern of Faith justified as the liberties, privileges, honors and estates. Of the fathers descend to their children. Abraham was the Father of believers and believing Gentiles through they are not circumcised.


The Promise Granted Through Faith
13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. This is none other, but the land of Canaan, the choicest spot of ground in the world, the Father of many nations of the world who sprang from Abraham now Israel, the heir of the comforts of life now. The meek are said to inherit the earth, and the world then is theirs. Note Gal. 2:16 to thy seed, which is Christ. Christ is now the heir of the all the world. Are not people blessed who are abiding in the Lord? 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. The Jews boast that they are the rightful heirs of the world, for to them the law was given, their faith is void, for they are not perfect performers of the whole law. So now the law worketh wrath in us to God, our carnal minds are at enmity against God, preventing the flow of the river of God to bless us and empower us for service. Where there is a law there is transgression and that transgression is provoking, so the law worketh wrath.
16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”[d]) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” Why is the promise made to him by faith? 1. That it might be by grace, not by the law, by grace and not of debt, not of merit; Grace, grace needs to be cried from the house top. Faith is grace granted as we receive by; or through faith Jesus. That is going to be the theme of heaven Ephesians 2:8 Not unto us, but unto thy name be the praise. 2. That the promise might be true and sure. The first covenant of works and man failed and was cut off, so we needed a new covenant, so now it is not by works, but by faith which allows us to see Gods amazing grace of justification and sanctification. We are dependent upon Christ to keep us safe and sound. 3. That it might be sure to all the seed. It is not Abram but a higher father, to Abraham-the father of multitudes, a Father of many Nations have I made thee.
 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. Abraham did not weaver in his faith, for here he is 100 and his faith in God grew and became powerful the older he became. Here he and Sarah have a child Isaac a miracle in itself. The dry bones come to life, because of the sovereignty of God and His absolute power. So, he became the Father of many nations. God is the common Father, we all need to accomplish what God wills for us. He had hope that overcomes doubt. Hope was against him of having a child, but God. It is all because of God’s grace allowed him see, believe and see after waiting so long to have a child. He did not think in natural terms, but in the Spiritual realm. Joseph was enslaved; put in prison before he advanced in the kingdom. Lord help us today to not weaver in our faith in God, or have faith in government, economic or religion for they are not going to produce righteousness of the truth and we are seeing lawlessness become worldwide. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. He did not waver, or stager in doubt of his age, but trusted God unfailing love. Unbelief is rampant in our world today that is giving way to our will and not wanting Gods will to be done. He was strong in his faith in God’s word for he exercised trusting and obeying the Lord.  Faith is resting in the vine; Jesus and letting God have His way in our lives as we are submissive and obedient to Him. When we give glory to man it is based on performance, if good great, if not bad news. When we have faith in God He never fails and is always with open hands saying, come unto me all who are weary and wavering, or staggering I will give you rest, balance; to move forward. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” God showed Abraham with more than a child at 100 years of age but gave him the assurance of being righteous and holy. He was justified by God, lifted up empowered to be what God created him to be, by His love, mercy and grace.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. Thank the Lord every chapter every verse in the Bible has been written for our good, so we could be pure, holy and secure in the hands of the Lord. The Bible is still Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth for all mankind. So, help us to read and understand what we read, so we can become more and more like the Master creator of all.
 It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. It shall be, it is a common privilege for all to be justified by God, when we are abiding in Him, He imputes to us new life by being born again, seeing the old man left behind and the new man in Christ coming alive as Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God. That is the reason we go to the word the fountain of life, to get food for thought. This is common thinking among Christians believing in the revelations of God love for all He created. God is able to resurrect us from or awareness of sins domain we were born with, because of sin and gives us the conviction to repent and ask forgiveness, so we can have the faith that lets others know Christ is alive in our hearts and lives, as we are growing in faith, hope, reverence, worship and praying to God. It is God that is able to lead us through the wildernesses of life without having offences, that block the will of the Lord. Jesus was and is still being raised for our justification and redemption, as He bought us back when He gave of Himself to die in our place and was buried in sin and arose and came back for 40 days and went to heaven, just before He said to the Disciples I will come again and give you a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, as you wait in the upper room for my presence using your tongue to empower you for service, to magnify My Name; Jesus.
Are you walking in the light and seeing the pit falls Satan has laid out for us to fall into, preventing us from being all God created us to be? Be strong, determined to resist sin, so it will flee from you and you can become more and more like your Master creator God.

 


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