Romans Series (Pt. 20) – Romans 5:1-5

Peace With God (5:1) Paul begins chapter 5 with a word about the effect that all of chapter 4 implies to us now that we have become children of God.  It is important to see the connections that Paul is making from chapter to chapter. What Paul is describing here is not that we have […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Romans Series (Pt. 15) – Romans 4:4-8

Why is Faith not Works? (4:4-5) Paul is reminding us of God being both “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” [Romans 3:26]. Verse four is an interesting one. Why is work regarded as debt, or a wage (NLT) and not grace? It goes to the difference in the methods. […]

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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 […]

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