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Romans 4

Justification by Faith Evidenced in Old Testament

1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather [a]humanly speaking, has found? [Has he obtained a favored standing?] For if Abraham was justified [that is, acquitted from the guilt of his sins] by works [those things he did that were good], he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed in (trusted, relied on) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living, right standing with God).” Now to a laborer, his wages are not credited as a favor or a gift, but as an obligation [something owed to him]. But to the one who does not work [that is, the one who does not try to earn his salvation by doing good], but believes and completely trusts in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is [b]credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God). And in this same way David speaks of the blessing on the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:


Blessed and happy and favored are those whose lawless acts have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered up and completely buried.

Blessed and happy and favored is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account nor charge against him.”

Is this blessing only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say, “Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 10 How then was it credited [to him]? Was it after he had been circumcised, or before? Not after, but while [he was] uncircumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision, a seal or confirmation of the righteousness which he had by faith while [he was still] uncircumcised—this was so that he would be the [spiritual] father of all who believe without being circumcised—so that righteousness would be credited to them, 12 and [that he would be] the [spiritual] father of those circumcised who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had before he was circumcised.

13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through [observing the requirements of] the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 If those who are [followers] of the Law are [the true] heirs [of Abraham], then faith [leading to salvation] is of no effect and void, and the promise [of God] is nullified. 15 For the Law results in [God’s] wrath [against sin], but where there is no law, there is no violation [of it either].

16 Therefore, [inheriting] the promise depends entirely on faith [that is, confident trust in the unseen God], in order that it may be given as an act of grace [His unmerited favor and mercy], so that the promise will be [legally] guaranteed to all the descendants [of Abraham]—not only for those [Jewish believers] who keep the Law, but also for those [Gentile believers] who share the faith of Abraham, who is the [spiritual] father of us all— 17 (as it is written [in Scripture], “I have made you a father of many nations) in the sight of Him in whom he believed, that is, God [c]who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. 18 In hope against hope Abraham believed that he would become a father of many nations, as he had been promised [by God]: “So [numberless] shall your descendants be.” 19 Without becoming weak in faith he considered his own body, now as good as dead [for producing children] since he was about a hundred years old, and [he considered] the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, 21 being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised. 22 Therefore his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God). 23 Now not for his sake alone was it written that it was credited to him, 24 but for our sake also—to whom righteousness will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead— 25 who was betrayed and crucified because of our sins, and was raised [from the dead] because of our justification [our acquittal—absolving us of all sin before God].

Notas al pie

  1. Romans 4:1 Lit according to the flesh.
  2. Romans 4:5 Faith is not an equivalent or substitute for righteousness, but God graciously treats it as if it were the same. Otherwise, no one could be saved from sin and have eternal life.
  3. Romans 4:17 A reference to both the birth of Isaac, and the resurrection of Christ.

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Poslanica Rimljanima 4

Abrahamova vjera

1Abraham je, rekli bi ljudi, bio utemeljitelj židovskoga naroda. Kakvo je njegovo iskustvo glede spasenja po vjeri?

Je li ga Bog smatrao opravdanim zbog njegovih dobrih djela? Da je bilo tako, imao bi se čime hvaliti. Ali u Božjim očima Abraham se nije imao čime ponositi.

Jer Sveto pismo kaže: 'Abraham je povjerovao Bogu, i Bog ga je proglasio pravednim zbog njegove vjere.'[a]

Kad čovjek radi, plaća koju dobije nije dar. Radnici zarade ono što dobiju.

Ali ljudi su opravdani zbog svoje vjere u Onoga koji opravdava bezbožnike, a ne zbog svojih djela.

Kralj David je o tome govorio opisujući sreću nezaslužna čovjeka kojega je Bog proglasio pravednim.
    'Blago onima kojima su grijesi oprošteni i zločin uklonjen.
    Blago onomu kojemu Gospodin neće uračunati grijehe.'[b]

Je li to blaženstvo samo za obrezane, za židove, ili također i za pogane? Rekli smo da ga je Bog proglasio pravednim zbog njegove vjere.

10 Ali kako mu je ta vjera pomogla? Je li proglašen pravednim prije ili poslije obrezanja? Bog ga je najprije prihvatio, a zatim je bio obrezan!

11 Obrezanje je bilo znak da Abraham već vjeruje i da ga je Bog prihvatio i proglasio pravednim i prije obrezanja. Zato je Abraham duhovni otac onih koji vjeruju, a nisu obrezani. Oni su pred Bogom opravdani po vjeri.

12 Abraham je također duhovni otac obrezanih, ali samo onih koji imaju vjeru kakvu je Abraham imao prije obrezanja.

13 Jasno je dakle kako se Božje obećanje da će Abrahamu i njegovim potomcima dati u baštinu cijelu zemlju nije temeljilo na poslušnosti Božjemu zakonu, nego na novome odnosu s Bogom koji dolazi kroz vjeru.

14 Tvrdite li da je Božje obećanje za one koji ispunjavaju Božji zakon i stoga misle da su 'dovoljno dobri' u Božjim očima, onda zapravo govorite da je vjera nepotrebna. A tada bi i to obećanje bilo besmisleno.

15 Ali Zakon donosi kaznu onima koji ga pokušavaju ispunjavati. (Izbjegnuti kršenje zakona moguće je samo ako ne postoji zakon koji bi se kršio!)

16 Zato je važna vjera. Božje smo obećanje dobili na dar. I sigurni smo da ćemo ga primiti, držali se židovskih običaja ili ne, budemo li samo imali vjeru poput Abrahamove. Jer Abraham je otac svih koji vjeruju.

17 U Svetome pismu o tome piše: 'Postavljam te za oca mnogih naroda.'[c] Jer Abraham je povjerovao u Boga koji oživljuje mrtve i na čiju zapovijed nastaje ono čega prije nije bilo.

18 Kad je Bog obećao Abrahamu da će postati ocem mnogih naroda i rekao: 'Tvoji će potomci biti brojni poput zvijezda

19 Abraham se nije pokolebao u vjeri iako je znao kako je u dobi od stotinu godina prestar da bude otac i kako njegova žena Sara ne može imati djecu.

20 Abraham nikada nije posumnjao u Božje obećanje. Njegova je vjera jačala i njome je proslavio Boga.

21 Bio je posve uvjeren da Bog može učiniti sve što obeća.

22 Tako je Bog Abrahama zbog vjere proglasio pravednim.

23 Ta divna istina da ga je Bog proglasio pravednim nije bila na dobrobit samo Abrahamu

24 već i nama. Bog će također nas proglasiti pravednima vjerujemo li u Boga koji je našega Gospodina Isusa uskrsnuo od mrtvih.

25 On je predan da umre za naše grijehe i podignut je od mrtvih da nas opravda pred Bogom.

Notas al pie

  1. Poslanica Rimljanima 4:3 Postanak 15:6.
  2. Poslanica Rimljanima 4:8 Psalam 32:1-2.
  3. Poslanica Rimljanima 4:17 Postanak 17:5.