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04 October, 2015

The Scriptures —Study 7 — Romans 4:1-15

Study 7 From The Book of Romans Is: 4:1-15

Paul has made three statements which were directly opposite to the Jewish interpretation of Scripture. The first was in 3:20, that by the work of the law shall no flesh be justified; the second in 3:30, that God would justify the Gentiles through faith without circumcision; and the third in 3:19 and 28, that salvation is given independently of the law.  Paul proceeds, therefore, in chapter 4 to show that Scripture supports these propositions. He bases his argument mainly on Gn. 15. 

1.      Abraham, and David also, were men pre-eminently in the favor of God (cf. e.g., Is. 41: 8; Acts 13:22). On what basis, then, according to Scripture, was righteousness reckoned to them? See verses 1- 8

2.      At what time in Abraham’s life was his faith reckoned to him as righteousness? How does this vitally affect the question at issue regarding the admission of Gentiles? See verse 9-12.