"What does the Scripture say?"
Text: Romans 4:3
CONSISTENT THEOLOGICAL APPROACH
Paul was most consistent in his application of his theological approach.
1. Commencement of the Epistle
Paul commenced the writing of his epistle by making a strong reference to the Scriptures (Cf. Romans 1:2)
2. Citation of the Scriptures
Paul would consistently cite the Scriptures in all his arguments:-
a) His doctrine of justification was derived from the Scriptures (Cf. Romans 1:17).
b) His doctrine of judgment by God was also derived from the Scriptures(Cf. Romans 2:6).
c) His doctrine of universal sin was also drawn from the Scriptures (Cf. Romans 3:10-18).
It should not surprise us to see Paul once again appealing to the Scriptures, as he discussed the matter of Abraham’s justification.
“For what does the Scripture say?
Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him
SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES
The Scripture text Paul cited may be traced to Genesis 15. In this context, God once again re-iterated His promise of blessing upon Abraham.
“Then He brought him outside and said,
‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars
if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him,
‘So shall your descendants be.'”
Abraham’s response to this word of promise must be noted.
“And he believed in the LORD,
and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
1. Was Abraham (Abram) justified by works?
Absolutely not! No Scripture supports this theory!
2. How was Abraham justified?
The Scriptures clearly declared that God accounted (imputed) righteousness to Abraham on the basis of his belief in the Lord!