Righteousness Reckoned – Romans 4
It seems that keeping promises does not have the same meaning as it once did. Promises are often broken due to unforeseen circumstances, but often times they were never intended to be kept from the start. Whether we consider broken promises through business contracts, politics, or through our relationships, it is comforting to associate with people who keep their promises.
Sometimes we make excuses if we fail to keep a promise, or fail to recognize our own faults. As Christians, we all sin and fall short. But God has made a promise to the faithful! Romans 4:3-5 states “What does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts in God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness”. Paul illustrates that righteousness is separate from works of the law but rather through faith.
In times of sorrow and suffering, a strong faith gives us comfort and is pleasing to God. Abraham remained faithful to God and gave him glory and the Lord blessed him as the father of many nations. A strong faith is also an encouragement to others. Our church is blessed to have many members who are generous with their time and service. We are blessed even more to have many who are an encouragement to others because of their strong faith.
Paul concludes Romans 4 in verses 23-25 revealing “The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness- for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification”.
As believers we are justified by faith, and the promise from God is the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.