Romans 4:7 – January 19, 2018

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Romans 4:7 NABRE     

Paul writing to the community in Rome, in this section, chapter four, is writing about the faith and fatherhood of Abraham. Paul accepts Abraham is father of the Jews, but he also makes the case that Abraham is father to the Gentiles. Paul’s argument is so good, today we accept Abraham as father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Paul declares Abraham’s fatherhood through his righteousness. Abraham believed God would give him an heir and Paul connects to Genesis, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (15:6) Through his righteousness which came from faith, we as children can receive righteousness through our faith. Righteousness is obtained as a gift, it cannot be earned. Paul brings in a Psalm from David who says happy is the person who receives righteousness from God because, as we read in the quoted verse sins are forgiven and covered, and more, as described in the verse that follows, the Lord does not even record these sins. We are righteous through a merciful act of pardon. Paul correlates between God’s actions of crediting righteousness, forgiving iniquities, covering sins and not recording sins. Becoming righteous means sin and guilt are wiped out. This grace of righteousness is fulfilled in Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.

Paul quotes Psalm 32; David the author declares he himself is a sinner and he must admit his sin and ask for forgiveness. For God to make us righteous, forgive us, cover us and not record our sin, it must begin with our admission of sin and requesting forgiveness. We all are sinners, yet God waits to make us righteous. Be prepared to admit your sin and ask forgiveness.

Do you seek forgiveness? Are you aware God makes you righteous?

For God to make us righteous, forgive us, cover us and not record our sin, it must begin with our admission of sin and requesting forgiveness. We all are sinners, yet God waits to make us righteous. Click To Tweet

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