Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of  You Can’t Out-Give God
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Romans 5:1 and 2 Corinthians 10:4

Week 44: Day 4

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Romans 3-4

3:1 Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? 2Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3What then? If some were unfaithful, their unfaithfulness will not nullify God’s faithfulness, will it? 4Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.” 5But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is he? (I am speaking in human terms.) 6Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? 7For if by my lie the truth of God enhances his glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? 8And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”?—as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!) 9What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, 10just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;, 11there is no one who understands;,there is no one who seeks God. 12All have turned away;,together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” 13“Their throats are open graves;, they deceive with their tongues;, the poison of asps is under their lips.” 14“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15“Their feet are swift to shed blood;, 16ruin and misery are in their paths, 17and the way of peace they have not known.” 18“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. 21But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (although it is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed— 22namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. 26This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness. 27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! 28For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. 29Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! 30Since God is one, he will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law. 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has discovered regarding this matter? 2For if Abraham was declared righteous by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God. 3For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. 5But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness. 6So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.” 9Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the uncircumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 10How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! 11And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, so that he would become the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, that they too could have righteousness credited to them. 12And he is also the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised. 13For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. 15For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either. 16For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants—not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17(as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”). He is our father in the presence of God whom he believed—the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. 18Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.” 19Without being weak in faith, he considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. 21He was fully convinced that what God promised he was also able to do. 22So indeed it was credited to Abraham as righteousness. 23But the statement it was credited to him was not written only for Abraham’s sake, 24but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification. (NET Bible)

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