Whose faith do you want to have? Shaul/Paul understood that mere adherence to a set of standards was not congruent with faith in Messiah. Salvation is not determined by works, heritage, tradition, or a single prayer you utter. As we are called from the nations to return to being biblical Israel, it is the faith and fidelity of our father, Abraham, which we must have.

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective - Chapter 4

by Matthew Nolan | Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective
– Chapter 4 –

Romans 4:1 What, then, shall we say…. Avraham Avinu/Abraham our father (‘Abraham our father’ –  to the Romans – i.e scattered Israel) , to have found, according to flesh? 4:2  for if Abraham ‘by works was declared righteous’, he hath to boast—but not before God;

What does ‘ex ergon dikaiothe’/ ‘dvar tzadakah’ mean?

  1. That being this text limited to יהוהs declaration of forgiveness and innocence upon the guilty sinner; as Traditional Christianity teaches.
  2. The reality is deeper, this text delves into the covenant membership reality of Abraham and his subsequent heirs!

Romans 4:3  for what doth the writing say? ‘And Abraham did believe God, and it was reckoned to him—to righteousness; (Genesis 15:6).
This is hearkening back to the Gen. 12 promise of nationhood and covenantal blessing. But why; what happened?
Abraham’s faith in יהוה was primary: Genesis 26:5 Abraham obeyed me and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my ‘torotai.’
Abraham had emunah/faith, faith that went far beyond any sort of adherence to a necessary required code of conduct.
Abraham’s life is exemplified in, ‘Abraham believed יהוה.’

Natural byproduct of belief  Vs. Unnatural byproduct of unbelief!

Deuteronomy 30:10  If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of יהוה thy Elohim to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn   unto   יהוה thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

 Psalms 32:1 By David An Instruction. O the happiness of him whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered, O the happiness of a man, To whom יהוה imputeth not iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Proverbs 17:15 Whoso is justifying the wicked, And condemning the righteous, Even both of these are an abomination to יהוה .

Abraham understood all that was accounted to him came from belief in the promises of יהוה, ‘He rejoiced to see Yahusha’s day’ in the covenant between the pieces and new it was only the work of Yahusha in the covenant that brought about the availability of permanent forgiveness.

We have to be able to differentiate between the multiple components of justification/tzadakah, righteousness – forensic, covenantal-corporate, positional and individual!

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