The good works Paul refers to in this chapter are not acts of charity as I previously thought but adherence to the Law (of which charity is but a part). The focus is the Law which is why he says a man who instinctively practices the tenets of the Law, though uncircumcised, will be credited with righteousness (Romans 2:26). But, the man who has faith trumps them both. He brings nothing but trust in God to the table and yet God says that is enough. What magnanimity God shows to mankind! “Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does: Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. (Romans 4:6-7) God demonstrates this largeness of heart to Abraham: “For the promise to Abraham or his posterity, that he should inherit the world, did not come through [observing the commands of] the Law but through the righteousness of faith.” (Romans 4:13)
There is a faith that produces incredible favour and wonder working demonstration of power (Verses 18-22). It is a faith that insists on believing God for the seemingly impossible. It grows stronger through praise and manifests in actual miracles.
Paul says that these accounts are written so that we would know that such faith is available to us too (Verse 24). May faith arise in your heart today and may God show up mightily for you in mercy and in power. Amen.
Ps: I am using the Amplified Bible in my studies – I enjoy it. If you would like to learn about my God Walk and why I love the Bible, please read this.