What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. — Romans 4:1-4.
Abraham ‘our father’ in the faith was not justified by his works. Abraham’s faith in God was counted to him as righteousness. The wages of the one who works is counted as debt, not as grace.