Letter to the Romans
What then can we say that Abraham found, our ancestor according to the
Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of
his works, he has reason to boast; but this was not so in the sight of God.
For what does the scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was
credited to him as righteousness."
A worker's wage is
credited not as a gift, but as something due.
one does not work, yet believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as
So also David declares the blessedness
of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
"Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not
Of David. A maskil. Happy the sinner
whose fault is removed, whose sin is forgiven.
those to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, in whose spirit is no deceit.
Then I declared my sin to you; my guilt I did not hide. I said, "I
confess my faults to the LORD," and you took away the guilt of my sin. Selah
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
according to Saint Luke 12:1-7.
Meanwhile, so many people were crowding together that they were
trampling one another underfoot. He began to speak, first to his disciples, "Beware of the
leaven--that is, the hypocrisy--of the Pharisees.
nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the
light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the
I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of
those who kill the body but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to
cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do
not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.