The importance of faith.
whose sins are covered.
1. What blessing does David identify?
v 6 to 8 Even as David also pronounces blessing on the man to whom God counts righteousness apart from works, “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whom the Lord will by no means charge with sin.”
2. What was Abraham's attitude after looking at God's promise and what was the result?
v 20 to 22 Yet, looking to the promise of God, he didn’t waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was also able to perform. Therefore it also was “credited to him for righteousness.”
3. Paul said Jesus died because of our trespasses, but what was achieved by his resurrection?
v 25 ... and was raised for our justification.
- v 1 to 5 Abraham is regarded as righteous, not by works, but by his belief in what God says
- v 6 to 12 David tells us that we are blessed when our sins are forgiven. This blessing of being released from the charge of sin is not dependent on circumcision. Abraham was not circumcised when he was accounted faithful
- v 13 to 15. The promises came to Abraham as a result of his faith
- v 16 and 17 The promises can also apply to those who have the same kind of faith as Abraham
- v 18 to 22 Abraham is regarded as righteous because he believes God can do what he says in promising him an offspring even though that seems very unlikely
- v 23 to 25 We can be regarded as righteous in the same way