“That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” (4:16-17)
I am thoroughly loving Romans. It’s been a while–two years!–and it is richer the more familiar I am with the whole saga of Scripture.
This is the Good News which Paul was proclaiming everywhere he went.
“And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.'” (4:5-8)
Just as ever, faith (believing/trusting God), is what makes people right before Him. Jesus broke the curse for us, and opened up a way for us to be in close relationship with the LORD. Kind of like His friendship with Abraham. What a God we have, that He’s friends with people.
Like Carly said yesterday, sometimes we can get lost in the run-on sentences and close association with the word theology, but the message is intended to be simple: We are all made right before God through faith in Him. Not by laws, customs or anything else, just relational trust.
God can do it. He speaks things into existence. He has done it.
I feel like I need to read and re-read this chapter to really let it all sink in. Why is it so hard to keep the gospel simple? Why is it so hard to accept the grace of God? Why do we love to complicate and confuse? I don’t know, but I know it’s why I must keep reading and thinking about His Word daily.
So glad you’re doing it with me.