Romans Series (Pt. 19) – Romans 4:22-25

Salvation is a Simple thing, but it is not Easy(4:22-25) Paul concludes his defense of genuine faith by telling us why Abraham is a part of the story.  Abraham was the first to receive the imputation of righteousness that comes because of faith in the work of Christ. Salvation, in the end, is not about doctrines or philosophies. It is not about the right words, … Continue reading Romans Series (Pt. 19) – Romans 4:22-25

Romans Series (Pt. 18) – Romans 4:17-21

The Content of Genuine Faith (4:17-21) What we find in the next few verses is what Abraham believed, what was the content of his faith, that was counted to him as righteousness. It is important to remember that faith, in order for it to be Biblical faith, must have a specific content. Faith is not supposed to be ambiguous. Faith is not like trying to … Continue reading Romans Series (Pt. 18) – Romans 4:17-21

Romans Series (Pt. 17) – Romans 4:13-16

Who Do You Trust? (Romans 4:13-16) The reason that Abraham received the inheritance of being the father of many nations and the reason that his children also were beneficiaries of that promise was not because of who they were, but because of who they believed in. They believed in God and it was counted as righteousness.  And this faith had nothing to do with what … Continue reading Romans Series (Pt. 17) – Romans 4:13-16

Romans Series (Pt. 16) – Romans 4:9-12

The Seal of Righteousness (Romans 4:9-11a) What was the purpose for all of that has transpired thus far in Abraham’s life? Why did God go through all of this trouble so long ago?  Why did God make a man who had faith go through the trouble of circumcision if the act had no power in the salvation event?  It was because all people need to … Continue reading Romans Series (Pt. 16) – Romans 4:9-12

Romans Series (Pt. 14) – Romans 4:1-3

Abraham our Father (4:1) This first question serves two purposes. First, Paul is linking back the heritage of true faith (faith in the one true God) to the father of faith, Abraham.  This will be a significant person for Paul because it will help to make the point that all Jews and Gentiles must express faith, in a way just like Abraham in order to … Continue reading Romans Series (Pt. 14) – Romans 4:1-3