Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Romans 4:22

Romans 4:22
Genesis 15:6
This is the third time that Genesis 15:6 is quoted in this chapter. In fact, the whole chapter is based on this one verse and how it applies to us as Christians. Paul wants to make it abundantly clear that Abraham's faith was approved and rewarded by God, not his circumcision or his obedience to the Law. While Abraham obviously did follow God's law as he understood it (not having the 10 Commandments or other laws brought down from Mt. Sinai by Moses) and he did circumcise himself, his sons, and all his male servants, his faith was the most important factor in his relationship with the Lord. This is important to us because we could easily become distracted by our obedience to laws, rules and ceremonies, and forget that our faith is more important than all the rest. We need to be careful to build our lives on what will last forever (1 Cor 13:13) and never become distracted by it even by other good things.

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