All Biblical scriptures which defy faith alone theology is usually considered "out of context" by the faith alone adherents.BJ Bear said:
That was previously addressed and identified as an out of context misuse of Scripture.
Paul's point is Abraham didn't live under the law of works(Mosaic Law)--but under the gospel of Jesus Christ--the very gospel Paul was attempting to bring to the traditional Jews--and they rejected in lieu of the umbrella of the Mosaic Law.BJ Bear said:
“For if Abraham was justified by works, he has a boast, but not with God.” (Rom 4:2, LITV) Paul, like James, is saying that it is possible for a man to be justified by works but not before or with God. That is why I keep posting that the reader should follow the pronouns in James 2.
Galatians 3:8---King James Version
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Paul was a master of the scriptures--he was not overlooking the testimony of God:
Genesis 26:4-5---King James Version
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
So--could you explain for us--if indeed--Paul was referring to a disconnect between deeds done in the body--and eternal life--why, just two chapters earlier:
Romans 2:5-11---King James Version
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Can anyone expound on--or explain-- this point?