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Dr. June Normil
Abraham in many ways represents the beginning of God's relationships with the people of Israel. He was chosen by God to be the father of the nation and people of Israel, not on the basis of Abraham's personal goodness, but because of God's great mercy. The relationship God offered Abraham was a gift. If God had required a perfect life Abraham would have been unqualified. Romans 4:2 uses an important term that all Christians do well to understand. Abraham was "justified," not because of works but because of faith. The word justified refers to having been declared righteous, or holding a right standing, before God--not because of righteous things we have done but because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. No one can earn the right to salvation. The only way a person can have a relationship with God is through faith. The gift of salvation is a result of God's willingness to forgive sin. Once sin is forgiven, God will view us as if we have not sinned. Even though a person does nothing to earn salvation, this does not mean that a Christian has no responsibility to live according to God's plans. Paul again looked to Abraham, this time noting the rite of circumcision, which was a sign of God's promise that Abraham would be the father of many nations. Circumcision was not what made Abraham justified before God. Rather, Abraham submitted to circumcision as an outward sign of his commitment to God. God desires that His followers demonstrate their commitment to Him through acts of obedience.
PROMISE FOR ALL WHO BELIEVE ( ROMANS 4:13-25)
JUSTIFIED BY FAITH IN CHRIST ( ROMANS 5:1-11).
Being justified before God through His gift of salvation is a hard concept to comprehend. Jesus paid for every sin that you have ever committed or will ever commit. It seems logical from a human perspective that you would have to do something to appease God. After all, you committed the sin. But the truth is that you cannot save yourself. It it is a liberating fact, if you think about it. God has made the way for you to be saved. He only asks that you follow Him in faith. When you do, your life should, in turn, naturally reflect His values and desires. Today, make it a priority to rest and rejoice in God's presence, seek to hear His voice, and be ready to respond in obedience as you reflect on how His loving-kindness has changed your life.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb. 2016-17 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil