Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Morning Devotions: Grace III Romans

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    This week I have been telling you about CHANNAH which is the Hebrew word for grace.Yesterday I wrote to you about justification connection to grace, which is a legal ruling of being righteous as a citizen of the Kingdom of the Almighty. Before you can live in the flesh by grace, you must be born again. There is no other way to be justified… but that was yesterday’s note.

     Today I want to tell you a little bit about Abraham and the CHANNAH-Grace that gave him his life. 

Romans 3:28-4:5For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Torah-Law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.
Do we then nullify the Torah-Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah-Law.What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 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 CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS."  Genesis 15:6Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, 
     In his day, Abraham was a man whose life was celebrated because of his amazing life. Everything he touched seemed to turn to gold. He was wealthy in every way, a statesman, and a pious man. We remember the mistakes he made in his life, not because he was corrupt or rebellious, but because his sin was so uncharacteristic that it shocks both us and the people of his era. His life was a fantastic example of right living…. but not before the Almighty. What men value in life and what the Almighty looks for in a person are not the same.
 He (Abraham) believed YHVH (the LORD); and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6
     You can go read Genesis 15 to see the context of what Abraham believed. But Abraham's belief did not stop with knowing that the Almighty would give him what he had no evidence of. In chapter 22 of Genesis YHVH tells Abraham that he must sacrifice what he loves the most in his life, his only son Isaac.  Abraham was willing to obey.

Was it because of Abraham's willingness to DO what the Almighty asked that reckoned him righteous? No! It was because he believed that the Almighty does what He says He will do.

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;  it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED." He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type. Hebrews 11:17-19 
Why do we have to do anything at all if we are not doing it to earn the favor of YHVH in the way people in other religions do because of their god? The works we do are a testimony to the World of the love and power of the Almighty through those who live in CHANNAH-Grace. (Hebrews 11:17-19). People are people. They see what we do a long time before they see our LORD. We obey the Word-Scripture as a testimony of a loving and all-powerful God to a lost world, a world headed for eternal damnation. But we live and are reckoned righteous, because of the glorious CHANNAH-grace of him who gave his only beloved son. That is Salvation (and Salvation, translated Y'shua, is who we call Jesus)

May 12, 2016
Mrs. Hagerty

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