Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
9Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, 15because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Are we saved by ritual? No! We are saved by faith. Paul is still using the example of Father Abraham to illustrate this point. Yes, Abraham and his sons were circumcised to set them apart, but that is not what made him special. It was his faith that he had shown before the ritual took place.
What does this mean to us, today? Going to church, working on mission trips, even writing study blogs do not save us. Only our faith can do that. When we exercise our faith however, we need to go to church, work on mission trips, and even write study blogs.
Prayer- Lord. Help us grow our faith. Help us exercise the faith muscle so it will grow even stronger and larger. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.