Romans 4:6-8 – Blessed forgiveness

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.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
    and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

People often ask how Old Testament saints were saved, and the simple answer is the same way you and I were saved – by faith, through grace.

Paul makes that connection clear for us here in Romans when he quotes David. In fact, we could say that David knew and understood the gospel. He understood that it was completely the work of God’s grace and mercy that anyone could be counted righteous.

But how did David know this? He understood this truth from two sources. First, he would have had the book of Genesis where it says of Abraham that he “believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.” So David would have seen the connection of faith and the receiving of God’s grace.

The other is his personal experience. You might recall that David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then arranged to have her husband Uriah killed. Later when he was confronted about his sins he repented and then he penned for us Psalm 51. The Law demanded that David be stoned to death for his crimes. There was no sacrifice for him to take to the Tabernacle to have these sins removed. However, a sacrifice was made for him a thousand years later through the death of Jesus Christ.

God granted to David mercy and grace and David came to understand that blessed is the man who God forgives. He knew from the Scriptures this to be true, but he also knew it because he experienced God’s forgiveness.

We are no different from David. We can read about the Scripture’s declaration of our forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and we can also experience God’s grace and mercy when we become blessed as ones who have been forgiven.

Find your joy and be blessed in knowing that we have a Savior who has forgiven us of all our wicked deeds, wiping the slate clean, and no longer counting our sins against us. Let these verses be your meditation today.

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