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Reflection on Rom 4:9-10

Post date:   2017-12-16
Autor:   BCP

 

Reflection on Rom 4:9-10

 

«Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised.»

 

The Apostle asks: Does this blessedness, stemming from faith, come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? The Jews were very particular about circumcision and related it to the whole religious system of certain rites. The danger has always been that an emphasis on secondary things eliminates the essence – here the essence of salvation, which consists in personal relationship to God. Salvation depends on the saving faith based on the awareness that I am a sinner in the sight of God, which should lead me to humility and at the same time to trustful prayer for the forgiveness of my sins. This applied even to Old Testament times, but now, after the coming of Jesus, the essence of the whole Scriptures of both the Old and New Testament is concentrated in the receiving of Jesus Christ. How? By faith. I receive by faith that He has paid for all my sins on the cross. In the hour of death, we will need nothing else than to call on the name of God with faith, for the Scriptures say, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!”

 

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