Here's Darrell Bock with today's Bible Minute.
How do you get a good credit score? You earn it. Just like most things in this world, earning something is the way to get ahead. But in God's economy of grace, earning your way just doesn't work.
Romans 4:2-3, "For if Abraham was declared righteous by works [of the law], he has something to boast about--but not before God. For what does the scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.'" Abraham is credited with righteousness because he believed the promise of God for life.
Not because he earned it through church attendance or certain rituals. He just believed life resided in God. It's that simple. We simply believe what God has done for us and what He gives us access to in Jesus. And by His grace, God credits us with His righteousness.
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