What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For 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.
by: Cheri Appel.
The apostle Paul preached that outside of faith, our works are dead, equal to garbage (Philippians 3:8). So, how were Old Testament people, like Abraham, saved? According to today’s passage, what did Abraham do? What was he credited for? Has Salvation always been based on faith, whether before or after Christ? Did it matter if Abraham was circumcised or not? Has God always offered His salvation everyone? John 3:16 says that anyone who believes in God’s Son, Jesus, the promised Messiah, who died and rose again, can accept God’s gift of forgiveness and salvation. God never changes. His love for each person drives His plan which is offered to all.'