Skip to main content

Romans 4:6: Just As David Speaks Of The Blessing Of The One To Whom God Counts Righteousness Apart From Works


Romans 4:6
[6] just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: (ESV)

Our goal should be to obtain the righteousness of God. He is our Creator. We exist to give him glory. Man is never truly satisfied in life until he is satisfied in God. So then, how ought we to achieve the righteousness of God. Left to our own devices we will depend on our own works to achieve it. As we have seen here in Romans, our works are incapable of achieving God's righteousness.

Not only are our works not capable of achieving God's righteousness they are not preferred. In the next two verses Paul is going to quote the words of David. In today's verse he describes David as one who knew the blessing of having God count him righteous apart from his works. We should take a closer look at David.

David is a hero of the Jewish people. He is a hero of Scripture. The Bible refers to him as the "apple of God's eye." In the famous story of David and Goliath it was David's great faith in God that was used to bring about the death of Israel's enemies. David loved God. David worshiped God. David had faith in God. And David failed God.

As great as David was, his works would have condemned him. David had the affair with Bathsheba. He not only took Uriah's wife, he had Uriah killed in battle. David was guilty of adultery and murder. David surely did not want his works to be the means by which he attained righteousness. David knew very intimately that it was a blessing to have God count him righteous apart from his works.

You may have done many "good works" for God. They will never be enough. They weren't enough for David. Receive the blessing of being counted righteous apart from your efforts. That is achieved by placing your faith in God through Jesus Christ,and his sacrifice on your behalf.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18
[18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV)

Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic.

Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison.

Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death, being ston…

Romans 15:14: I Myself Am Satisfied About You, My Brothers

Romans 15:14
[14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV)

The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers.

Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church.

This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to the Word of…

Romans 15:16: To Be A Minister Of Christ Jesus To The Gentiles In The Priestly Service Of The Gospel Of God

Romans 15:16
[16] to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (ESV)

The time of the Early Church was a time of great transition. Up until Christ coming and bringing redemption to all who believer the people of faith were the Jews. If you wanted to worship God the only appropriate way was to go through a priest who would offer sacrifices on your behalf to God. All of the sacrificial system was fulfilled in Christ. Now, there was a new way to righteousness.

This time of transition was a challenge for all involved. The Jews had to move from an approach to God that involved keeping the Law. The Law was fulfilled in Christ. Now the way of salvation was a way of faith. There were some traditional aspects that were now gone. It was hard for them to move away from their traditions. It is hard for all of us to move from our traditions.

For the Gentile convert…