Good News To Believe Rom. 3:28-4:5; 4:16-25 Sept. 18, 2011
I am glad we have good news to believe and share. Our world needs it more than they realize. We must do more about sharing this good news and if our belief were stronger we wold probably share more.
1. Good News To Believe An . . Explanation About Faith. Rom 3:28-31
A. Good News Explains A . . Conclusion About Faith. 3:28-29
28 For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.
29 Or is God for Jews only? Is He not also for Gentiles? Yes, for Gentiles too,
B. Good News Explains Faith does not . . Cancel the Law. 3:30-31
30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
Do we then cancel the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the
contrary, we uphold the law.
2. Good News To Believe the . . Example of Faith and Law. Rom 4:1-5
A. Good News Shares An Example of A . . Witness Concerning Faith. 4:1-2
1 What then can we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?
2 If Abraham was justified by works, then he has something to brag about but not before God.
B. Good News Shares An Example of . . Works and Faith. 4:3-5
3 For what does the Scripture say? 4 Now to the one who works, pay is not considered as a gift, but as something owed. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares righteous the ungodly, his faith is credited for righteousness. HCSB
Paul presents Abraham as an example of one who makes a witness for the presentation of the gospel. Now the Jews believed Abraham represented the father of their faith and they incorrectly emphasized his works. Because Abraham did not rely on his works, but his faith. He gave a proper example of a gospel by faith. Abraham left his home and proceeded by faith. He and Sarah received Isaac as a matter of faith. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews further details how Abraham and Sarah are examples of faith. We must also note he is an example of works. He did many works for the Lord but did not expect and reward or pay for his works. His works were because he believed God and his works were an act of his faith.
3. Good News To Believe the . . Exhibit of Faith and Law. Rom 4:16-19
A. Good News Shares An . . Exposition of A Witness Concerning Faith. 4:16-18
16 This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of Abraham's faith. He is the father of us all
17 in God's sight. As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations. He believed in God, who
gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.
18 Against hope, with hope he believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what
had been spoken: So will your descendants be.
B Good News Shares An . . Exhibit of A Witness Concerning Faith. 4:19
19 He considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the
deadness of Sarah's womb, without weakening in the faith.
The exposition of these verses share a witness concerning faith. No one should read these verses and be confused about the faith principal of salvation through grace. God told Abraham he would be the father of many nations because of what God said; Abraham believed. That was a tremendous promise and Abraham never got to see all the reality of it except by faith You know many things must be seen through faith before they become a reality. This faith was also exhibited in a witness of Abraham and it says, “He did not waver in unbelief at God's promise,. . . .” Have you recently stepped out on faith because the Lord told you to do something that could only be done by faith? I would like to see more exhibitions of faith; in fact It in my opinion our world needs to see more exhibits of faith.
4. Good News To Believe for . . Everyone. Rom 4:20-25
A. Every One’s Salvation is . . Illustrated in Abraham. 4:20-23
20 He did not waver in unbelief at God's promise, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
21 because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 Therefore,
it was credited to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone,
B. Every One’s Salvation is . . Ignited through Believing Faith. 4:24-25
24 but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
25 He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. HCSB
The life of Abraham illustrates a tremendous example! His obedience was counted for him as righteousness. Then Paul tells us this illustration was not only for him but needs to ignite the faith of everyone
so that all can give the testimony of salvation through faith by grace. Truly this lesson offers Good News To Believe. Amen? Amen!