Romans 4: Do You Have The Faith Of Abraham?
Verse of the Day: (V16) “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,”
1. Steps Of Faith (V1-12)
V2 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.”
Abraham would never be justified by his works before God because there was nothing perfect in his works. He was justified before God because he walked the steps of faith in God. It was also not his circumcision that justified him, as he was justified before his circumcision. It was his faith in God that truly justified him. Therefore everyone whether we are Jews or Gentiles is justified before God when we believe and have faith in God.
V12 “And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.”
2. Righteousness Of Faith (V13-15)
V13 “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”
Abraham was righteous before God because he had faith in God and not because he obeyed God’s law. Man can never be righteous because he can never obey the entire law. God’s law is meant only to point man to his sins and man is only justified by faith in God.
V15 “Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”
3. Strong In Faith (V16-25)
V16 “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,”
God chose Abraham as the father of all nations because he was strong in faith. When God promised Abraham that he would have a child, he believed in God. Though he waited for many years until he and his wife were too old to have a child, yet he still believed in God. Finally God gave him and his wife a son. Indeed, there is nothing impossible with God.
V20 “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to have the faith of Abraham.