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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, 16 March 2018

Romans 4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Romans 4 here is talking about the doctrine of Justification by faith that is different than what is taught by Moses and the law he was given to obey. Abraham was the seed from which we all came from and just as Abraham had to have faith in what God said, so we in the New Testament have to obey the same rule the just shall live by faith. It is not by works that we have done or do, but by what Christ did for us on the cross. The whole chapter is given over to the fact rather Jew or Gentile we are all justified by our faith in God’s work done on the cross. He proves it, he observed it, he describes and he applies it to all of us.
Abraham Justified by Faith
What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? What was Abraham a Hebrew who found as he was seeking some godly pearl and a great price the benefit of Salvation by faith he was pardoned or justified. Not what he did in himself but what God did in and through him.  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. When we think it is what we have done that gives us glory we are being deceived for we are born sinners in need of a savior. As people we matter but to know the Lord we are glorified for the simple reason we are His children and not our own. We are His and God give us the ability to glory in who God is in us.  For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” What does the Scriptures say is the number one answer to all our questions? Abraham believed had faith and accepted Gods graciousness for he did not know where the Lord was taking him or what was going to happen to him. It is unbelief that we see yet today that prevents people from receiving the promises of God fulfilled in our world. We are seeing some tremendous things done, all because of man’s ability to develop and engineer new things like the internet that is controlled by the ability the mind has to comprehend. We can’t see, but by faith we believe what it is able to do? Totally amazing and it is changing our world as a tool created by man. Yet it is not God and you can get alone without it. Yet we can not get along without Gods love mercy and grace which is ours when we believe in God and become justified as we please the Lord, not please ourselves, but honoring Gods word and obeying Him. Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. Yes we are all working to stay alive but that does not save our souls and spirits for they need faith in God to act upon God grace. The Souls five senses of Imagination, conscience, memory, reason and affection needs to be guided by the Spirit of God’s love. Our Spirits five senses of worship, reverence, hope, faith and prayer needs to be upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit who draws us closer to Him.
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: Abraham and David could not expect to earn wages for their hire, we are guilty of sin and the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. God gives us free grace for graces sake not ours. It is in Christ we stand actively, obedient in faith so we are pardoned and saved from sins that hang on like barnacles. David repent of his sin to Bathsheba and killing of her husband and wept bitterly. Peter weep when he denied the Lord at the crucifixion.  God intervened forgave as the cried out for mercy, grace and accepted God’s gift of pardon and justification. It is not what we have done but what Christ did that we are saved and justified as never sinning. The nature of forgiveness is the remission of debit we can’t pay for our crime, God cast this sin behind His back and hides His face from it. Our blessedness is not our innocence or our not having sinned, it is in Christ alone not imputing sin. Romans 4:8 Salvation is totally an act of God’s grace, love and mercy, not based on our works but His work at Calvary. We see pardon people are blessed people for they have a clear state out of debt to others and under then sentence of God redeeming grace. That is the reason our consciences to be alive and working to make us sensitive to wrong we commit so we can ask the Lord for help and He is always wanting us to grow in His love, mercy and grace, not overlooking sin but admitting sins.

“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.” 
And whose sins are covered;
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” Thank the Lord He is able to bless those who are lawful and want to remain abiding in the vine Jesus so they are protected and provided for by the Lord the Gentleman Farmer. When God created us we were perfect and then sin entered and all are sinner and God did not force man to sin man choice to eat the forbidden fruit so they were cursed and we are seeing that curse yet around the world until people choose to follow the Lord and have faith to be Justified by God grace.
Abraham 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. This is a question that can be answered by looking at Genesis 17:1-27 showing Abraham was saved by his faith in God many years before he was circumcised. This circumcision was a seal ratify and confirm God grace and favor upon him. Circumcision was a sign of a covenant or command of the Lords even before water baptism. When the blood of the Lord was shed for the remission of our sins, it was a seal of the righteousness of faith and grace of the Lord.  10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. 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. Thank the Lord circumcision is just cutting away. What is not needed so that infection is less likely to enter the body. We are seeing today things that are really not needed so we are different then the world we live in and it seems like that difference is making people very unhappy with the sinner for they think we are not needed and that is the reason we no longer need the ten commandment or prayer in our schools. Lord help us to see our need to be keep pure and holy as we are abiding in God doing His will and not doing whatever we feel like for we are as little gods and do not want to be bothered by anyone.
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. The Most special spot in the world was promised to Abrahams descendants which was going to be for their comfort. Here he did not request this it was given to Him just like salvation is given to us by faith that God gave to all to be exercised. For Christ was promised to. be heir of the world. He owns us and when we accept Him it is fulfilled to the greatest degree as we believe in His righteousness by faith. He had to trust God for as yet he had no son, and when he did have a son Isaac he was asked to sacrifice his son and he did and God provided a sacrifice after his son was on the altar and he had his knife ready to thrust into his son. But God! The Jews still boast they are rightful heir of the world.    

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