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Ongoing Bible study of the book of Romans. God desires simple trust; complete yielding to His Word and He loves us, even when we don't deserve it. We believe in the sacrificial blood of Jesus and we yield to the will of God. Our right actions are not a result of being saved, but a result of being involved the process of salvation.

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God desires simple trust; complete yieldness to His Word and He loves us, even when we don’t deserve it.

When was Abram made righteous?  Why?

Two great themes of the Bible – salvation made possible through righteousness.

The self-righteous don’t know they are.

The legalists don’t know they are.

If we rely on our right actions, we will fail.

Genesis 12:1-4 Genesis 12:1-4 1 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you: 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
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, 15:1-6  Abram was righteous because of faith/belief.

Genesis 26:5 Genesis 26:5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
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was a result of the faith that led to righteousness, not the cause.

Genesis 17:9-11 Genesis 17:9-11 9 And God said to Abraham, You shall keep my covenant therefore, you, and your seed after you in their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you.
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external sign of the covenant.

God doesn’t wait for us to change so He can love us, but wants to love us so He can change us.

When you don’t feel someone’s love, you try to please and accommodate, “if I just do this or that…” – not so with God.  He loves us while we were stil sinners.

Romans 4:13 Romans 4:13For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
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hupochesis - a promise based on conditions (like Deut 28)

Romans 4:13 Romans 4:13For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
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epagellia - a promise made out of the goodness of one’s heart - a diametric opposite to legalism.  (“If I do this, God will love me.”)

Because we believe in the sacrificial blood of Jesus, we yield to the will of God.  Our right actions are not a cause of being saved, but a result of being in the process of salvation.

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