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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #136 on: August 05, 2020, 03:25:33 PM »
'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.'

(Rom 4:6-8)

Hello there,

Now we have the testimony of David.  Wonderful testimony that it is, quoted from Psalm 32:1-2.  How clear and precise their message is, isn't it?  It needs no words.

I read something interesting about this testimony of David, when viewed in the light of the witness that has been given previously in Romans: that with the introduction of David Paul brings forward the third division of the Old Testament.  Remembering that the Hebrew Scriptures are divided into three great sections: 'The Law',' the Prophets', and 'The Psalms' (Luke 24:44).  The Law and the Prophets bore witness in Romans 3:21, 'But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets',  as seen in the case of Abraham and Habakkuk (Romans 4:1-8; 1:17).  The quotation from David's words now brings the third and last witness to the gratuitous nature of justification.

'For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
.. for it is the power of God unto salvation
.... to every one that believeth;
...... to the Jew first,
........ and also to the Greek.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed
.. from faith to faith:
.... as it is written,
...... The just shall live by faith.'

(Rom 1:16) 
 
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In Christ Jesus
Chris


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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #137 on: August 05, 2020, 03:46:33 PM »
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.'

(Rom 4:6-8)

Hello again,

No, I have to go back to the words of David, clear and precise though they are,

'Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no guile.'

(Psalm 32:1)

David does not use  the expression, 'impute righteousness' or 'faith is reckoned for righteousness,' but uses two expressions, the one positive: 'iniquities forgiven,' 'sins covered', the other negative: 'to whom the Lord will not impute sin.'  Paul obviously reasons that to speak of enjoying the forgiveness of sin, and the non-imputation of sin, is another way of referring to the imputation of righteousness.  That same thought is in 2 Corinthians 5:19-21:-

'To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto Himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them
;
.. and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
.... Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,
...... as though God did beseech you by us:
.... we pray you in Christ's stead,
.. be ye reconciled to God.
For He hath made Him to be sin for us,
.. Who knew no sin;
.... that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.'

(2 Cor. 5:19-21)   
 
Praise God!

In Christ Jesus
Chris

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Re: A walk through Paul's epistle to the Romans
« Reply #138 on: August 06, 2020, 12:44:26 PM »
'Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.'
(Rom 4:8 )   

* Oh yes! To be reconciled to God, and know His peace, knowing that He has accepted us in the Beloved, and that all of our sins have been forgiven, that is true blessing, which is ours throughout our lifetime.  Making life more abundant, with the potential of joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Thank you Lord!

'Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also?
.. for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision?
.. Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
.... 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:
And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only,
.. but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham,
.... which he had being yet uncircumcised.'

(Rom 4:9-12)   

* Circumcision was an outward sign and seal of the righteousness of faith that Abraham had when yet uncircumcised.  So Abraham can be the spiritual father of all them that believe, whether circumcised or uncircumcised, ' that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.' Praise God!

* The Lord said a similar thing in John 8:39:- 'They answered and said unto Him, "Abraham is our father". Jesus saith unto them," If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham."  John the Baptist taught the same truth: 'Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, 'We have Abraham to our father': for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.'

* Whether in the gospels or the epistles the same truth remains true, that true circumcision means the utter repudiation of the flesh as a means of attaining righteousness.  It is given to those who boast in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.  Ignorance of this truth led Israel to go about to establish their own righteousness, and not to submit themselves unto the righteousness of God. 'For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth' (Romans 10:4)

Thank you
In Christ Jesus
Chris

 

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