135- I greet thee who my sure redeemer art
396- I was a wandering sheep
256- break thou he bred of life
287- Lord thou hast been our dwelling place
317- Almighty God thy word is cast
319:2- thanks we give and adoration
Scripture - Romans 4:9-15
Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after,but before! And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness the he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but who have been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, it through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Sometimes people think they have a relationship with God but who really don't. They have never been called to a personal relationship with God.
Faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation.
This blessing from God...was it only for the circumcised?
Paul has us look to Abraham. He was declared righteous before he was circumcised.
People thought it was circumcision that was the door opening to being right with God.
But rather circumcision was an after effect.
Without faith one cannot be right with God.
Physical birth, circumcision, means nothing to getting an 'in' with God. What matters is our faith. Our faith makes us children of Abraham. The externals merely point to something else. Externals point to our faith. But without faith the externals mean nothing.
We need to make sure that we are not trusting in more than this: our faith in God alone. If we trust in our baptism, in our family or our birth, or our tithe, or anything else than our faith is null and void. Our faith MUST be in Christ and him alone.
We cannot add to our faith.
The law shows us our failures, it cannot show our faith or our reliance upon God, it cannot save us.
We need to remember that faith is key...that is truly the prime thing to remember. Faith in God and that alone.