The Glory Has Departed
Understanding Luther's Galatians, in progress.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
"Here belongs also what St. Paul writes Romans 4:3, that Abraham was justified before God by faith alone, for the sake of the Mediator, without the cooperation of his works, not only when he was first converted from idolatry and had no good works, but also afterwards, when he had been renewed by the Holy Ghost, and adorned with many excellent good works, Genesis 15:6; Hebrews 11:8. And Paul puts the following questions, Romans 4:1ff.: On what did Abraham's righteousness before God for everlasting life, by which he had a gracious God, and was pleasing and acceptable to Him, rest at that time?"
Formula of Concord, SD III. #33. Righteousness of Faith. Concordia Triglotta, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1921, p. 927. Tappert, p. 545. Heiser, p. 252. Romans 4:3; Romans 4:1ff; Genesis 15:6; Hebrews 11:8.
rlschultz has left a new comment on your post "Learn about Justification by Faith By Observing WE...":
Abraham believed and it was credited to him as righteousness. Teaching justification by faith alone implies that belief equals faith. Therefore, Abraham was saved by faith. Mr Meyer - your opponents argument that Christ had not come yet in Abraham's is true but it will lead to crypto-dispensationalism, as was pointed out earlier here on Ichabod.
KJV Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
KJV Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
KJV James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
KJV Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.