The Second Sunday in Lent, March 4 ::: The Source of Righteousness

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What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.  And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Romans 4:1-8

audio : Freedom Hangs Like Heaven, Iron & Wine (2005)

image : Watersprites in a Stream, John Chamberlayne,  (c.1865) 

For what other thing was capable of covering our sins than His righteousness?  By what other one was it possible that we, the wicked and ungodly, could be justified, other than by the only Son of God?  

O, sweet exchange! O, unsearchable operation!  O, benefits surpassing all expectation!  That the wickedness of many should be hid in a single Righteous One, and that the righteousness of One should justify many transgressors!

Letter to Diognetus, 2nd century

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