Received By Faith

Scripture tells us Abraham believed God and his faith was recognized as righteousness (Romans 4:3 [from Genesis 15:6] by Frank Ball)

Romans by Frank Ball: Romans 4
Da Jesus Book Romans 4
In Your Bible: Romans 4

Recognized as Righteous

Paul uses Abraham’s experience as a model for faith. Yes, Abraham’s action showed he was righteous before men. But God used a more specific measurement for judgment here – he saw deep, sincere faith. Scripture records this accounting of faith as righteousness, not just for Abraham’s benefit, but for us as well. We also will be judged righteous if we believe God, who raised up Jesus Christ our Lord from the dead (Romans 4:23,24 by Frank Ball.)

How God Thinks

God Word shows he thinks differently than we do. Believers need (and have) the Spirit of Christ to see the simplicity.

Spirit can be known only by spirit — God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:15,16 The Message).

Faith accounts for righteousness in God’s sight. Think as God would think. Paul makes an astounding statement concerning the mind of Christ in the believer. But, believe it, the Bible says you can. Amazing and worth reading that portion of 1 Corinthians 2 again!

Prayer: Father, I have put my faith in you through Jesus Christ. Help me see what you see, hear what you hear, and do what you want me to do.

Questions: We know Abraham was a spiritual man, do you consider yourself as a spiritual person? Why is this so hard if you are believer? Have you considered how helpful the Holy Spirit us in helping us do what God wants? (Ponder this – He is called The Helper).

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