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Reflection on Rom 4:3-4

Post date:   2017-12-02
Autor:   BCP


Reflection on Rom 4:3-4


“For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God,
and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’
Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.”

Here the Word of God highlights the example of Abraham. The preceding verse reads, “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.” And the following verse continues, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Here the meaning of righteousness is more like ‘justification’. Man does unspeakable injustice to God by sinning. The holiness of God is infinite, and so an insult to God deserves the highest punishment. If a person offends his friend, he deserves punishment. If he offends his boss in the workplace, it carries a more severe punishment. If someone offended the commander during the war, one would be punished with the most severe punishment. The higher the authority – though offended in like manner – the higher the punishment. And God is the highest authority, therefore an offence against God deserves the highest punishment in accordance with justice. We can offend God by our sin, but we cannot make amends for the offence by our works. Only the One who is equal to God – the Son of God – can make just reparation for our offence. He did so by His death on the cross. He took on Himself the punishment for our sins, the just punishment.


We need to understand what grace is. Grace means getting something that we do not deserve. Someone else paid for us, and we are given it for free. There is only one condition on our part – to receive it by faith.


Wages means getting the just reward for our work. In relation to God we cannot demand the just reward for our works, however good they may be. Jesus is the only One who can demand the just reward for His work. He paid the just price for our sins. The just reward for our deeds would be death, because the wages of sin is death. Jesus took the just reward for our sins – death, and thus obtained the right to grant us grace. He wants us to do the minimum – to believe.


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