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Romans 4:1-25

Abraham Justified by Faith

1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”4:3 Gen. 15:6; also in verse 22

4Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

7“Blessed are those

whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

8Blessed is the one

whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”4:8 Psalm 32:1,2

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 circumcision as a sign, 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 then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13It was not through the 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 depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”4:17 Gen. 17:5 He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”4:18 Gen. 15:5 19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

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Rimljanima 4:1-25

Abrahamova vjera

1Abraham je bio naš otac. Kakvo je njegovo iskustvo glede spasenja po vjeri? 2Je 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. 3Jer Sveto pismo kaže: “Abraham je povjerovao Bogu, i Bog ga je proglasio pravednim zbog njegove vjere.”4:3 Postanak 15:6.

4Kad čovjek radi, plaća koju dobije nije dar. Radnici zarade ono što dobiju. 5Ali ljudi su opravdani zbog svoje vjere u Onoga koji opravdava bezbožnike, a ne zbog svojih djela.

6Kralj David je o tome govorio opisujući sreću nezaslužna čovjeka kojega je Bog proglasio pravednim.

7“Blago onima kojima su grijesi oprošteni

i zločin uklonjen.

8Blago onomu kojemu Gospodin neće uračunati grijehe.”4:7-8 Psalam 32:1-2.

9Je li to blaženstvo samo za obrezane, za Židove, ili također i za pogane? Rekli smo da ga je Bog proglasio pravednim zbog njegove vjere. 10Ali kako mu je ta vjera pomogla? Je li proglašen pravednim prije ili poslije obrezanja? Bog ga je najprije prihvatio, a zatim je bio obrezan!

11Obrezanje 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. 12Abraham je također duhovni otac obrezanih, ali samo onih koji imaju vjeru kakvu je Abraham imao prije obrezanja.

13Jasno 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. 14Tvrdite 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. 15Ali Zakon donosi kaznu onima koji ga pokušavaju ispunjavati. (Izbjegnuti kršenje zakona moguće je samo ako ne postoji zakon koji bi se kršio!)

16Zato 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. 17U Svetome pismu o tome piše: “Postavljam te za oca mnogih naroda.”4:17 Postanak 17:5. Jer Abraham je povjerovao u Boga koji oživljuje mrtve i na čiju zapovijed nastaje ono čega prije nije bilo.

18Kad je Bog obećao Abrahamu da će postati ocem mnogih naroda i rekao: “Tvoji će potomci biti brojni poput zvijezda”,4:18 Postanak 15:5. Abraham mu je povjerovao iako se to obećanje činilo neostvarivim. 19Abraham se nije pokolebao u vjeri iako je znao kako je u dobi od stotinu godina i kako njegova žena Sara ne može imati djecu. 20Abraham nikada nije posumnjao u Božje obećanje. Njegova je vjera jačala i njome je proslavio Boga. 21Bio je posve uvjeren da Bog može učiniti sve što obeća. 22Tako je Bog Abrahama zbog vjere proglasio pravednim.

23Ta divna istina da ga je Bog proglasio pravednim nije bila na dobrobit samo Abrahamu 24već i nama. Bog će također nas proglasiti pravednima vjerujemo li u Boga koji je našega Gospodina Isusa uskrsnuo od mrtvih. 25On je predan da umre za naše grijehe i podignut je od mrtvih da nas opravda pred Bogom.