Walk in the footsteps of the faith

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. Romans 4:9-12

For the believer faith must come first. Jesus has done all the work. The gift of salvation is there for the taking. All we need is faith. Without faith we can do nothing. Being circumcised will not get you into heaven. Being baptized will not get you into heaven. All the good works you do will not get you into heaven.

Faith is the only thing that will get you into heaven. But that faith must be put in the correct person. You can have all the faith in the world in Darwin, Mohammed or Buddha. You can have faith in angels and saints and that will not get you into heaven. You can have faith that in the end God will let everyone into heaven but that too will not get you in. You can put your faith in Joseph Smith or Gandhi and that faith will not get you in.

Your faith has to be in Jesus and God’s word. Jesus says He is the only way to God, there is no other way

The things we do after we have taken the leap of faith in Jesus are just outward signs of our changed nature. Being baptized will not make us any more saved than the moment we placed out faith in Jesus. Doing good works will not make us any more saved. We can fast, mutilate our bodies or take vows of silence and still it will not make us more saved than we were when we first believed.

When Jesus finished His work on the cross there was nothing left to do. We cannot do anything to add to His finished work or take away from it. All we can do is accept it or reject it. Accept and spend eternity with God. Reject it and spend eternity without God. It’s our choice where to place our faith.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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