Do you know how Abraham was made righteous?
It was not by the law.
The law came AFTER Abraham. It came through Moses.
Sin existed before the law came. That is why Abraham was made righteous by faith.
Romans 5 “13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses,”
Did Abraham do any works to become righteous? NO….
Romans 4 ” 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
You see….Abraham did not boast in his works..He did not do any works to be righteous. He simply BELIEVED. He was RIGHTEOUS by FAITH….BEFORE he was circumcised….BEFORE the law came.
Romans 4 “We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! …… 13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,”
Therefore Righteousness is by FAITH and NOT BY THE LAW.
Romans 4 “4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. “
If you try to WORK for your salvation, then you will get the WAGES….it will be JUDGMENT. But if you DO NOT WORK but BELIEVE in God who JUSTIFIES the UNGODLY/SINNER….then YOUR FAITH makes you RIGHTEOUS.
The law was TEMPORARY COVENANT from Moses until the CROSS of Jesus Christ….SO THAT the BLESSING of ABRAHAM is given to ALL WHO BELIEVE in Jesus.
Galatians 3 “The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise……23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.”
The LAW WAS UNTIL JESUS DIED on the CROSS…..and now ALL nations can come to Jesus to be RIGHTEOUS by FAITH and not the works of the law.
When you believe in JESUS, you are NOT UNDER LAW.
Everyone who BELIEVES in Jesus is RIGHTEOUS without doing a single work !!
GALATIANS 3 “26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through FAITH, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
The children of Abraham are those who have FAITH…..just like Abraham had FAITH BEFORE the LAW came!!
GALATIANS 3 “7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”