16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.18Against 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.” 19 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. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.Romans 4:16-25
We’ve spent most of our time unpacking the problem of sin. I like how one book called A Walk Through Romans said it, “God is the Great Physician. He has made His diagnosis and we are well on the road to recovery if we accept the finding of the Physician.”
Bottom line: We don’t have righteousness, and we can’t produce it but He can.
Here we find that Abraham was justified by faith. Before the law and before circumcision there was just a call that Abraham heard and believed. That’s it. It’s not by works. We can’t work hard enough or long enough to pay off our sin debt. It’s not by some initiation whether circumcision, baptism, or communion. It’s not by law either. It’s grace.
Romans 4:4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”
CREDITED! The old-schoolers would say, “reckoned.” You can’t work for grace! Wages can’t be reckoned for grace! Grace is free. God credits your account with grace in Christ! Praise God.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification!
What am I to do with that: BELIEVE! Now go tell somebody about it!
Thanks for listening,