ROMANS 4:8-11; 20-25

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Text:Romans 4:8-11† Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.† 9† Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.† 10† How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.† 11† And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

THE BLESSING

Romans 4:8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute [reckoned],† sin. (not chargeable)

NOT CHARGEABLE

Romans 8:33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth [present active].

GOD BLESSED ABRAHAM

Isaiah 51:2† Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

ABRAHAMíS BLESSING

Romans 4:9Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for [eiv, leading to the point of] righteousness.

BEFORE FAITH

Galatians 3:22-23† But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given [aorist passive subjunctive] to them that believe [present active participle].† 23† But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

WITHOUT CHRISTíS RESURRECTION

1 Corinthians 15:14† And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

FAITH WOULD BE VAIN

1 Corinthians 15:17† And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

RAISED FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION

Romans 4:25† Who was delivered (died) for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

MIGHT BE JUSTIFIED BY FAITH

Galatians 3:24† Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

CHRIST OUR HIGH PRIEST

Hebrews 5:5† So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; . . .

PRIEST OF GOOD THINGS COMING

Hebrews 9:11† But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,

LIVING BY FAITH

Romans 1:17 †For therein is the righteousness (blessedness, un-chargeable) of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

PLEASING GOD BY FAITH

Hebrews 11:6† But without faith it is impossible to please him: . . .

STRONG IN FAITH

Romans 4:20† He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief [apistia, faithlessness]; but was strong in (reckoned) faith, giving glory to God;

FAITH IS RECKONED

Romans 4:5† . . . his (active) faith is counted [present passive, reckoned] for [eiv, leading to] righteousness.

COMPLETED ACTION, AORIST

Romans 4:21† And being fully persuaded [aorist passive, adjective] that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

WHAT HE HAD PROMISED

Romans 4:13† For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, . . . through the righteousness of faith. (not chargeable)

BY FAITH ABRAHAM

Hebrews 11:9-10By faith he (Abraham) sojourned in the land (earthly inheritance) of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:† 10† For he looked for a city (heavenly) which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

IMPUTED FAITH

Romans 4:22† And therefore it (faith, vrs 5, 20) was imputed to him for [eiv, leading to] righteousness. (the blessing v. 8 the Lord will not impute sin)

TO AS MANY AS HE CALLED

Romans 4:23, 24† Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it (the blessing, v.8) was imputed to him; 24† But for us also, to whom it (the blessing, v.8) shall be imputed, if we believe [present active] on him (God the Father) that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

RAISED FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION

Romans 4:25† Who was delivered (died) for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

GOD CONTINUES TO JUSTIFY

Romans 8:33-34Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. [present active, continuous process] 34† Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died (for our offences), yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh [present active, continuously] intercession for us. (for our justification, approval)

BEING NOT CIRCUMCISED

Romans 4:10† How was it (the blessedness, v.11) then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

RIGHTEOUSNESS IMPUTED

Romans 4:11† And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe [present active, continuous, not an event, aorist], though they be not circumcised; that righteousness †(the blessing) might be imputed unto them also: