February 10, 2021 – Wednesday
Romans 4:11 NIV
11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.
What we read in verse 11 above is the answer to the questions and answers from verses 9b-10, We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! The answer given is very important, It was not after, but before!, as is its expansion in our Verse of the Day, And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.
Abraham’s righteousness came to him because of his faith because he believed, and it had nothing to do with circumcision as it came to him before he was circumcised. That makes Abraham the father of all who believe. It is the believing that is important, not the circumcision. Then we have verse 12 where we learn, And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. Here we learn the key is not that they are circumcise, but they also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. They, the circumcised Jews also must have faith to receive righteousness as Abraham received did.
Paul is brilliantly making the argument that followers of Jesus do not have to circumcised or become Jewish in any way to receive the blessings, grace, of Christ. And then asserted to have Abraham as your father, you must walk in the steps of the faith that Abraham walked in. John the Baptist said much the same when he told a group of Pharisees and Sadducees who approached him as he was baptizing others (Matthew 3:9), And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ They could not without faith. We can take great comfort in the fact that Jewish teachers of Paul’s day had a saying: “What is written of Abraham is also written of his children,” meaning that promises given to Abraham extend to all of his descendants ( William Barclay). Of course Paul thoroughly agreed with the idea behind this saying and extended the idea of being justified by faith to all Abraham’s spiritual descendants, those who also walk in the steps of the faith of Abraham.
In the ABC’s of salvation, not only must be Admit we are sinners, but we must Believe in faith Jesus died for our sins and rose on the third day, and finally because of our belief we must also Call on Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He paid the price for our sins on the cross granting us grace. We did not deserve it, but due to His and His Father’s love for us it was done. Is it any wonder Paul would write in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I believe in these verses Paul was writing about God’s love for us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Your love is without bounds. Thank You so much for loving us, loving me. I am so very grateful for Your love and mercy. – In Jesus name. Amen.