8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision alse ? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision ? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

11 And he received the h sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised : that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised ; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also :

12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

13 For the promise, that he should be the "heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

14 For if they which are 'of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect :

would be in vain. Pu.

h Gen. xvii. 10, 11 : This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin ; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

Ver. 12, 16. GAL. iii. 7. See on LUKE, xix. 9.

kGen. xvii. 4, &c: As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Gal. iii. 29: And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. See on Acts, iii. 25.

'Gal. ii. 21 : I do not frustrate the grace of God : for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

15 Because mthe law worketh wrath : for where no law is, there is no transgression.

16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace ; °to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law,

but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham ; Pwho is the father of us all,

17 (As it is written, 'I have made thee a do. iii. 18: If the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise : but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

m JOHN, xv. 22: If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin : but now they have no cloke for their sin. Rom. iii. 20 : By the law is the knowledge of sin. do. v. 13, 20 : Sin is not imputed when there is no law. The law entered, that the offence might abound. do. vii. 8, 10, 11 : Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 1 Cor. xv. 56: The strength of sin is the law. 2 Cor. iii. 7, 9: But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away : for if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. Gal. iii. 10, 19, 23: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse : for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made.-Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 1 John, iii. 4: Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law : for sin is the transgression of the law. do. v. 17: All unrighteousness is sin.

n See on Rom. iii. 24.

• Gal. iii. 22: But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

PIsa. li. 2: The words under ver. 1. Rom. ix. 8: They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

4 Gen. xvii. 5: Neither shall thy name any more be called

Batter of many nations, bénre him whom he believest, wen (an, 'who mickenes ae dead, and calleth those things whică se ant as though thery woze.

1Who against hope believe ice, that he . might beume the father of many nations, aeording to that which was spreken. So shall thy seed be.

19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither get the deadpens of Sarah's womb;

' like onto him. A. V. sshonid. Eam. Unit Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham ; for a bither of many nations have I made thee.

'Rom. viii. 11 : He that, raised up Christ Eon the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Eph. ii. 1,5. And you hata he sickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are waved.

* Rom. ix. 26. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. '1 Cor. i. 24: And have things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are. 1 Pet. ü. 10: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God; which had Tvot obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

! (ex. x4.6: Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thot be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

* Cun. xvii. 17: Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laugh64, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that in an hundred years old ? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? do. xviii. 11: Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Heb. xi. 11, 12: Through faith also Surah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised." Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the ky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore


20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him

24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised


Jesus our Lord from the dead ;6

25 Who was '? delivered for our offences,


6 from death. Ma.

Gen. xviii. 14: Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Ps. cxv. 3: Our God is in the heavens : he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. LUKE, i. 37, 45 : With God nothing shall be impossible. And blessed is she that believed : for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. Heb. xi. 19: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

w Rom. xv. 4: Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 1 Cor. ix. 10: For our sakes, no doubt, this is written. do. x. 6, 11: Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition. 2 Tim. iii. 16: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

* Acts, ii. 39 : For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

y See on Acts, ii. 24.

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