Written by Reverend Vossen
Romans 4: 1-5 was my devotional passage today.
God's righteousness granted to us and is contrasted to an employee at work in this passage, who because of his labor is credited him monies. The apostle Paul tells us that the righteousness God has for us, is not something we merit or earn. However, is necessary if we are to have a chance to live out this life in a way pleasing to God, and experience His truly Holiness.
I also am reminded when considering His righteousness, that we are to put on the armor of God, and that one of those pieces is the breastplate of righteousness. The armor of God is a gift from God for both defense and offense. Giving us protection and the ability to proceed in life with confidence that " God's Got My Back, And We Are Moving Forward ". 2 Timothy 1:7 says it real well, " God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled. "
Common English Bible. (2011). (2 Ti 1:7). Nashville, TN: Common English Bible.
Abraham’s faith was credited as righteousness
4 So what are we going to say? Are we going to find that Abraham is our ancestor on the basis of genealogy? 2 Because if Abraham was made righteous because of his actions, he would have had a reason to brag, but not in front of God. 3 What does the scripture say? Abraham had faith in God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. 4 Workers’ salaries aren’t credited to them on the basis of an employer’s grace but rather on the basis of what they deserve. 5 But faith is credited as righteousness to those who don’t work, because they have faith in God who makes the ungodly righteous.
Common English Bible. (2011). (Ro 4:1–5). Nashville, TN: Common English Bible.
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