“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?” Romans 4:1
Abraham did nothing to accumulate anything through human effort. His righteous was declared apart from any kind of human work.
Was it because of his good deeds that God accepted him?
No, the Scriptures tells us that “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 4:3. God imputeth righteousness without works.
He believed God, meaning whatever he got was given to him as a free gift, not work. Salvation is a free gift of God “to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:5
God simply took His own righteousness and credited it to Abraham as if it were actually his.
Justification means you’re acquitted or declared righteous.
The law was never given to justify sinners, Jesus was. The law was given to expose sin. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17. God send His Son to die for our sins in our place. When we believe God through Jesus, God imputes His righteousness to us, and we are declared righteous before Him. In this way, God demonstrates that He is both a righteous Judge and the one who declares us righteous, our justifier, “…. if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” Romans 4:22-25
- “…to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness…”
“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying , Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” Romans 4:6-8
“…faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned?….” Romans 4:9-10
Two things I want you to see;
- he received….a seal of the righteousness of the faith…that he might be the father of all them that believe…that righteousness might be imputed unto them also, (Romans 4:11) who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, Romans 4:12
- the promise of God, that he should be the heir of the world, through the righteousness of faith, Romans 4:13
“Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.” Romans 4:16
What happened when you believed?
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13.
Because of your faith in Christ you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory, (Ephesians 1:14). You trust God to keep his promise.