Monday, June 24, 2013

Day 175, June 24 - Romans 4

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He [Abraham] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness."

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  1. Romans 4
    6-8 David says the same thing when he speaks this blessing: God approves of a person without that person’s earning it. David said, “Blessed are those whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sins are pardoned. Blessed is the person whom the Lord never considers sinful.”

    13-14 So it was not by obeying Moses’ Teachings that Abraham or his descendants received the promise that he would inherit the world. Rather, it was through God’s approval of his faith. If those who obey Moses’ Teachings are the heirs, then faith is useless and the promise is worthless.

    16a Therefore, the promise is based on faith so that it can be a gift. Consequently, the promise is guaranteed for every descendant, not only for those who are descendants by obeying Moses’ Teachings but also for those who are descendants by believing as Abraham did.

    18a When there was nothing left to hope for, Abraham still hoped and believed.

    20-25 He didn’t doubt God’s promise out of a lack of faith. Instead, giving honor to God for the promise, he became strong because of faith and was absolutely confident that God would do what he promised. That is why his faith was regarded as God’s approval of him. But the words “his faith was regarded as God’s approval of him” were written not only for him but also for us. Our faith will be regarded as God’s approval of us who believe in the one who brought Jesus, our Lord, back to life. Jesus, our Lord, was handed over to death because of our failures and was brought back to life so that we could receive God’s approval.

    Praise God!! He has redeemed us.