Summary of passage: The promise of justification by faith is through faith and grace and is guaranteed to all who are of the law and who are of Abraham’s faith. Abraham is our father though God’s promise to make him a great nation. He believed God’s promise to give him and Sarah a son when they were both in their nineties. He was strengthened in his faith and gave God the glory. Thus, he was credited as righteous. We are credited as well if we believe in God who raised Jesus from the dead for our sins and our justification.
11) Abraham’s faith did not weaken despite God’s promise that seemed to him impossible of having children. Because of this his faith grew. Abraham’s offspring in essence is anyone who believes in Christ. “Those who are of the faith of Abraham” and “those who are of the law.”
12) He knew the situation was impossible but Abraham had faith God would do as He said. Because of this his faith was strengthened.
13) Personal Question. My answer: Two things: my husband is currently in-between jobs so having faith through this transition. Secondly, I believe I’m on the wrong path again for where God wants me. Relying on Him to get me through this time until I have the opportunity to do another about-face and find Him again.
Conclusions: Was anyone else thinking how Paul conveniently left out Hagar and how Abraham’s faith did waver in terms of God’s promise to provide him with kids when it wasn’t happening fast enough for him?
Anyways, Paul’s point is emphasized. God credits us righteous through faith. There is nothing man can do or can ever do to earn sanctification. Nothing. God in his love and mercy and grace gives it to us. It’s that easy. Say “Yes, Lord!” and it’s yours!
End Notes: Technically speaking, we are saved by God’s grace not our faith. Faith is the means to earn God’s grace but it is HIM who does it all!
Salvation is of faith. Of grace through faith. Nothing you can ever do will get you to God. It’s all Him!
Think on it: if it were works or keeping the law, none of us would make it. We are all sinners. Hence, our need for a Savior and grace.
Paul is emphasizing again how we are all Abraham’s children if we have Abraham’s faith and thus are all saved by God as such.
God calls us righteous (things) even though we’re not. He calls the dead (us in sin) to life like He did with Sarah’s womb.
Abraham hoped and believed. Just because God does it all doesn’t mean we do nothing. We obey. Obedience is faith in action. We do everything with trust and reliance on God. As we take steps and obey works results. God’s works.
God will bless us in proportion to our faith. Hence, we attend BSF and bible study–to grow our faith. The stronger we are, the more God will bless us, the more we shall bless others, the more works of God we will accomplish here on Earth.
When Abraham’s faith did not waver in God and God’s promise to him, God gave him a son. It wavered with Hagar. Do you have faith God will do as He says He will do?
The promise to Abraham is a promise to us as well. Abraham is an example for us to follow.
For clarification sake: you must believe that Jesus died for your sins on the cross and that he rose from the dead as we shall too in order to be saved. Period. You can’t believe in a Jesus who lived a good life or who is a deity. You must believe in the cross.
The resurrection proves God’s acceptance of what Jesus did on the cross. He died for our sins. God accepts Jesus’s sacrifice. Jesus rises again. We are justified.
The ancient Greek word translated delivered (paradidomi) was used of casting people into prison or delivering them to justice. “Here it speaks of the judicial act of God the Father delivering God the Son to the justice that required the payment of the penalty for human sin.” (Wuest)
Verse 25 is the cusp of the gospel. If death had held Jesus, he would have failed. Since Jesus was raised from death, his sacrifice sufficed, God set his seal upon it by raising him up.” (Lenski)
Salvation is by grace through faith. The gospel is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, and Abraham – justified through faith – is our pattern.