Week of September 30 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Romans 4:4

Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.

Day 1 Read: Romans 4:1-3

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”

Reflect: What do you remember about Abraham’s story? What elements of his life remind you that he was a person just like us? How does Abraham’s story exclude him from bragging? What exactly did Abraham believe that led God to credit him with righteousness?

Consider: The most influential voice in Judaism was the voice of “father Abraham,” so Paul suggests to his readers that they poll the patriarch on the matter of faith: What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter [the matter of faith versus works]? The testimony of the founder of the faith would have far-reaching importance.[1]

Respond: How freeing is it to realize that we get credited with Christ’s righteousness and do not have to depend on our own works for salvation? How will that change our behavior and joy in our works?

 


[1] Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 127.