HIPP VISUAL MINISTRIES - BLESSED ARE THOSE - ALTAMONT, TN
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       BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE SINS ARE FORGIVEN


1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

If mans works would justify himself before God, then there would have been no need for Jesus to have come, and have died for our sins. Do you see that Abraham saw that his works would not save him.

3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Abraham believed God. It was his faith that made him righteous before God.

4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

To him that believes his works will make him righteous it is his debt that is reckoned to him, and he is not righteous for he likes faith by grace.

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

We who know and believe on the name of Jesus who both saves, and justifies it is our faith that counts us righteous. Our faith makes us righteous in God's eyes.

6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

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

David called the man blessed of God whom the Lord will not impute sin. Brothers we are blessed indeed for God has not counted our sins because Jesus our Lord and Savior has died for our sins. We are justified by His resurrection .

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

God counted Abrahams faith for righteousness. We also are righteous because of our faith in Jesus Christ.

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

Abrahams faith brought him out from under the law, and into righteousness before
God.


11 And he received the 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.

Abraham was made the father of both those still under the law, and those of us born of Spirit. Even though Abraham lived before Jesus came to this earth it was his faith in God that made him our father also. We are of the lineage of Abraham, and all of his blessings are ours.

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.

We are the heir of the world not through the law but through the righteousness of our faith.

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

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

We are not under the law, but rather under faith by grace of God through Jesus.

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; who is the father of us all,

Brothers, Abraham is the father of us all, for we walk in faith as did Abraham.

17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Do you see here that our faith is to call those things which are not as though they were

18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, 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 yet the deadness of Sara's womb:

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

Brothers we are to walk in this life with as much faith as Abraham had in his day. You should not stagger at the promises of God. Rather you are to have the faith of Abraham when he was near 100 years old, and his wife Sarah in her 90's yet he believed God that they would have a son, and they did.

Do you see that no matter what you may be believing for it probably pales in comparison to what Abraham believed for. At this point in his life he had no heirs yet God told him that his seed would be more than the stars of the heavens, and they are. WOW!

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

Abraham believed that God could perform what He said that he could do. FAITH!

22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
His faith made him righteous.

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 up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Do you see that our faith in Jesus our Lord has made us righteous, and Abrahams faith has delivered to us, his heirs many blessings.

25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

We walk by faith with all of the promises of God that were made to Abraham, and to us his heirs. But, we are even more blessed than Abraham because we also have the promises of Gods only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Brothers our faith is also counted for righteousness just as Abrahams was in that day.

God Bless you my brothers,

John Hipp
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