then shall we say that Abraham our 2forefather
according to the flesh has found?
if Abraham was justified out of 1works
, he has something to boast in, but not before God.
what does the Scripture say? a
"And Abraham 1believed
God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness.''
to the 1one
, his 2wages
are not accounted according to grace, but according to what is due.
to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted as righteousness.
as David also speaks blessing on the man to whom God accounts righteousness apart from works:
"Blessed are they whose lawlessnesses have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered over.
is the man to whom the Lord shall by no means account sin.''
this blessing then upon the circumcision only,
or also upon the uncircumcision? For we say, Faith was accounted to Abraham as righteousness.
then was it accounted? While he was in circumcision or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
of circumcision, a seal of the 2righteousness
of the faith which he had
while in uncircumcision, that he might be the father of all those in uncircumcision who believe, that righteousness might be accounted to them also,
the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also 1awalk
in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had
For it was
not through the law that athe
promise was made
to Abraham or to his seed bthat
he would be the 1heir
of the world, but through the 2righteousness
those of the law are heirs, faith has been made void and the promise has been annulled;
law works out wrath; but bwhere
there is no law, neither is there transgression.
Therefore the inheritance is
out of faith that it might be
according to agrace
, so that the promise may be certain to all the seed, not to that which is of the law only, but also to that which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the 1father
of us all
(As it is written, a
"I have appointed you a father of many nations'') in the sight of God whom he 1believed
, bwho 2gives
life to the dead and 3calls
the things not being as being.
beyond hope believed 1in
hope in order that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, a
"So shall your seed be.''
not weakening in his faith, he considered his own body as 1aalready
about a hundred years old, as well as the cdeadening
of Sarah's womb;
with regard to the promise of God, he did not doubt in unbelief, but was empowered by faith, giving glory to God
being fully persuaded that awhat
He had promised He was able also to do.
also it was accounted to him as righteousness.
it was not written for his sake only that it was accounted to him,
for ours also to whom it is to be accounted, who believe on 1Him
who has raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
was delivered for our offenses and was 1raised afor