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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  This Week’s Study: Romans 4:7-5:8 Monday - Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven. “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS ARE FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS ARE COVERED; BLESSED IS THE MAN TO WHOM THE LORD SHALL NOT IMPUTE SIN” (Romans 4:7-8). Have you experienced the relief from guilt and hopelessness that comes with forgiveness?  King David knew what forgiveness and cleansing felt like.  In today’s text Paul quotes from Psalm 32.  Here is how David describes his life before forgiveness. When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin (Psalms 32:3-5). Once David acknowledged his sin and confessed to the Lord he experienced the joy of salvation. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit (Psalms 32:1-2). What a blessing! David ends his Psalm this way: Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalms 32:10-11).  Tuesday - Counted righteous by faith in God’s promise. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Romans 4:20-22). In the previous verses Paul makes the point that Abraham was counted righteous before he in fact was righteous.  How was he counted righteous if he was in fact still not wholly sanctified?  He was counted righteous because he believed.  Now Paul moves to the illustration of God giving Abraham and Sarah a baby in their old age.  Something that was humanly impossible.  His point is God pronounced Abraham the father of a great nation even while Abraham had no descendants and he and his wife were long past child-bearing age. ([A]s it is written, "I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS") in the presence of Him whom he believed-- God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE." And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb (Romans 4:17-19). That kind of faith is the kind of faith God seeks.  The faith of Job: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. . . .”(Job 13:15).  The faith of Abraham who: did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore "IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS." Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead (Romans 4:20-24). Wednesday  - Belief counted as righteousness. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2). We have peace because we are forgiven, we have peace because God looks at us and sees the sacrifice and perfect life of Jesus Christ in place of our own.  We are "justified," we are treated just as if we have never sinned. No longer enemies of God, no longer outsiders, we are His children.  And it all happens when we believe.  We are justified by faith (Romans5:1).  And we are told in Romans 5:2 we have access by faith into God's grace. Through this grace (this state of [God’s] favor and acceptance”) “we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible: Romans 5:2; Romans 5:2). No longer outcasts, no longer estranged from God, we rejoice in God’s favor.  We are His children, justified: treated just as if we have never sinned, and accepted into His family in good standing.  Therefore “we have peace.” Thursday  - Tribulations produce. . . hope. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4). Ohhhhh, glory in tribulations?  That is what Paul says!  Study his train of thought. We glory in tribulations because enduring tribulation produces perseverance (NKJV), endurance (YLT),  Patience (KJV).  And notice what perseverance produces?  Character or experience (KJV, YLT).  And finally Character produces hope.  How? As we experience God's workings on our behalf, our character is developed and we have hope. Based on our previous experience we learn to trust God.  And when we do that, we have hope for the future! My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4). Friday/Weekend - While we were still sinners Christ died for us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8). This has to be one of the premier texts of the gospel!  While we were still enemies of God, Jesus Christ demonstrated His love to us.  He died for us!  Paul writes, its a stretch, but maybe, just maybe one would die for another, but only if that other was a really, really good man.  But God demonstrated His own love toward us by dying for us while we were NOT good!  God demonstrated His love toward us while we were sinners, while we were God’s enemies! Think about it.  Are you willing to die for your most despised enemy?  Maybe for your child, maybe for your spouse or sweetheart, but for an enemy?  Most of us want harm and danger to come to those who have mistreated us.  God wants good to come to those who mistreat Him.  Truly what manner of love God demonstrates to us.  God, actively working to win our love, to bridge the gap sin brought, and bring us safely home! “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Press <Control>+D to bookmark this page 2010-2012 Marvin Glass, Inc. And now back to more great Southern Gospel Music!