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Faith is not a “good work” that we do to earn forgiveness, but it is the very opposite of all work.

BibleGateway: Romans 4:1-16

ESV Text: Romans 4:1-16

KJV Text:

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     1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

     9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For 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. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 389 (LSB 567):
Not What these Hands have Done — Organ Audio

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1. Not what these hands have done 
Can save this guilty soul; 
Not what this toiling flesh has borne 
Can make my spirit whole. 

2. Not what I feel or do 
Can give me peace with God; 
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears 
Can bear my awe-full load. 

3. Thy work alone, O Christ, 
Can ease this weight of sin; 
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, 
Can give me peace within. 

4. Thy love to me, O God, 
Not mine, O Lord to Thee, 
Can rid me of this dark unrest 
And set my spirit free. 

5. Thy grace alone, O God, 
To me can pardon speak; 
Thy power alone, O Son of God, 
Can this sore bondage break. 

6. I bless the Christ of God, 
I rest on love divine, 
And with unfaltering lip and heart 
I call this Savior mine.