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New Testament Lesson from an Old Testament Saint 
Rom 4:1-25


1.What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin." 9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised. 13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed -- God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be." 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. NKJV
Introduction:

Abraham Founder Of The Hebrew Racial Family

David Founder Of The Hebrew Royal Family

Many people want Salvation by trying

God Offers Salvation By Trusting


1. Lesson One Everyone Must Be . . Justified Through Faith. v 1-8
4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin."

A. Justified By Faith Illustrated in the ...... Word. v 1-3
1.What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."

        1. A Word About The Flesh. v 1
        2. A Word About Works. v 2
        3. A Word About His Righteousness. v 3

B. Justified By Faith Illustrated In . . Wages. v 4
    4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

        1. Justification Not Earned Or Deserved.

Rom 11:6 but If it Is by Grace, it Is No Longer on the Basis of Works, Otherwise Grace Is No Longer Grace.

Rom 4:16 for this Reason {It Is} by Faith, That {It Might Be} in Accordance with Grace, in Order That the Promise May Be Certain to All the Descendants, Not Only to Those Who Are of the Law, but Also to Those Who Are of the Faith of Abraham, Who Is the Father of Us All,

C. Illustrated in .......... works. v 5
5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

D. Illustrated in .......... witness. v 6-8
6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin."

Illustration
A man in England purchased a new Rolls Royce and soon afterwards took it to France. While there the car stopped running he called The Rolls Main Office and they told him they would send a mechanic immediately. The car was fixed and he did not have another problem. Since he never received a bill he wrote to the company and ask about his account. He got a written reply back from them saying they had no record he had ever had a problem. His account was free and clear.

Application:


2.     Lesson Two Everyone Must Be Justified Through Faith . .
        Before Religious Ritual. v 1-8

A. Proved through example ........ v 9-11
9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also,

B. Proved through reasoning ...... v 12
12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.

Illustration: Justice      
While
browsing around in the attic, Junior came across an old report card which had been his father's. He brought it downstairs and compared it with the one he had just received at school and which he intended to show when his dad was in a good mood. When Dad was seated in his easy chair, Junior approached.

"Hey Dad, just look at this old report card of yours and then look at the one I just got. Why, your grades aren't any better than mine."  "You're right, son," he said. "I guess the only fair thing to do now is give you what my Dad gave me."

Application:


3.     Lesson Two Everyone Must Be Justified Through Faith . .
        Apart From Keeping The Law. v 13-22

A.     As .... Promised by faith. v 13-16
    13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because\ the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

B.    As .... Proclaimed by faith. v 17-18
    17 (as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed -- God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be."

C. As .... Powered by faith. v 19-20
19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

D. As .... Persuaded by faith. v 21-22
21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore "it
was accounted to him for righteousness."

Illustration: Doubt and Faith
Thomas may have doubted but when he saw the resurrected Lord faith began to take root in his heart. And once faith took root Thomas cried, "My Lord and my God!" He was then sent to pronounce to the world along with the other disciples that forgiveness had come. How the world has been changed by this forgiveness and it all began with doubt.

"When they began to build a suspension bridge across the Niagara Gorge, it all began with engineers flying a kite across the chasm, playing out the kite string until the kite reached the farther shore. Then twine was tied to the string, and rope to the twine, and wire to the rope, and cable to the wire. In due time, mighty cables were suspended from great towers and anchored on either side in the depths of the earth, and the bridge was built."'

John Rilling says: "So the apostolic faith, erected by the hand of God, carries you and me and generations through time to the further shores. But it all began with the frail strands of men like Peter, Paul, James and John and Thomas -- doubting Thomas. What the Lord did for them he can do through them for us, if we only let him."' Brett Blair, Sermon Illustrations, 1999.

Application:


4.     Lesson Four Everyone Must Be Justified Through Faith . .
        Note The Example Of Abraham. v 23-25

A.    An example in the . . PAST - Same Purpose. v 23
    23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him,

B.    An example in the . . PRESENT - - Same Process. v 24
    24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,

C.    An example in the . . FUTURE - - Same Principal. v 25
    25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. NKJV