Romans 4:13-16 Jesus said in Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time (Isa 41:17, Luk 18:1-8). Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God's goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will (Gal 5:23). -Larry Pierce, The Outline of Biblical Usage Read Genesis 15:1-6. In this account God promises to give Abraham heirs and lands even though Abraham was very old and landless and childless. In meekness, Abraham simply believed what God said. This faith was accounted to him as righteousness. The promise to Abraham was that he would be the father of all those who come to God in faith. It is the promise of salvation. The promise was given before the Law of Moses so it cannot depend upon the law. It was not that Abraham never sinned and was blessed on that basis but Abraham believed God and was blessed. A perfect keeping of the law would result in righteousness which would result in the promise being fulfilled but one broken law nullifies the promise just like one home repair voids the warranty. Since no one can keep the law trying to be righteous by it always results in losing the promise. Faith does not depend upon the law. It is its own dependency, where it exists, it exists. Our faith is upheld by the power of God's grace. God's grace is infinite. Our faith, even if it's just a mustard seeds worth of faith, is raised to the power of God's grace. No matter how small the number, when it is multiplied by infinity it becomes infinite. Infinite faith by God's grace is accounted to us, just as to our father Abraham, as righteousness. This righteousness is an infinite, unbreakable, eternal bond between our Father in Heaven and each one of us. Galatians 3:24-26, "the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith." Ephesians 2:8,9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Look at Hebrews 10:11-14. We have a similar theme with a different angle. The law required priests to work hard at the shadow of propitiation but now our High Priest Jesus Christ has become our propitiation and finished the work once and for all. Hebrews 12:1-2, "let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
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