Tag: Romans 4
Scripture reading for June 17th: Romans 4
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Romans 4:18-22 “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. This is why “It was credited to him as righteousness.””
Abraham was known in Israel as the father of the nation. He took God at His word at a time when he was old and his wife was also old and their bodies beyond normal child-bearing ages. God promised him offspring–an heir that would come from his own body, through whom all nations of the earth would be blessed. Abraham would also be the father of many nations. After God spoke to him, Abraham was strengthened in his faith and became “fully persuaded” that God had the power to fulfill His promises, no matter what it looked like in the natural! This became a credit of righteousness before God!
Observations for over-comers: Believing God is the essence of all faith and true righteousness. Believing is the only way to please God and God will reward each person, who like Abraham is “fully persuaded” with eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ! We, like Abraham, will be credited with righteousness! “See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright–but the righteous will live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)
Scripture reading for June 18th: Romans 4
Abraham and Sarah’s story is recorded in the first book of the Bible; Genesis chapters 12-25. The Jews traced their origin to this couple and held them in high regard. Paul used their story to illustrate how God has always justified people who believed Him.
“What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about–but not before God. What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:1-3)
Abraham did not work for God’s favor, but simply believed God that he would have offspring. Although Abraham was later obedient to God in the matter of circumcision, he was declared righteous before this ‘work’! Paul explained that circumcision was ‘a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.’ (Romans 4:11) Abraham thus could be the father of all who believe, circumcised or not. God has always used faith to bring righteousness, never works or keeping the law! The promise of righteousness by faith through God’s grace is guaranteed to all who believe! (Romans 4:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
Abraham became the ‘father of many nations’ through believing God’s word that he and his wife would have offspring more than the stars of the sky! At the time Abraham and Sara were both beyond the years of child-bearing. In spite of this, “he did not waver through unbelief, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what He had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.”” (Romans 4:20-22) Abraham trusted God to do what He had promised! Have you trusted God for His promised gift of eternal life?