ROMANS 4:18-25 ABRAHAM’S BELIEF LEADS TO HIS SALVATION

20Jan

Romans 4:18 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.

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v-18 contrary to hope  in other words it was humanly impossible This was too good to be true, it was beyond belief that God would make him heir of the whole world and give him a standing(eternal Life) which he did not deserve

Don't talk about faith, but about the God in whom you have placed your faith

According to what was spoken: this is a quotation from Gen 15:5

v-19 being not weak .. he did not doubt God even though what God had promised was too amazing

Sarah 90 years old and Abraham about a hundred

Gen 18:1 Then the LORD appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day.  Gen 18:9 Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" So he said, "Here, in the tent." 10 And He said, "I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son." (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?" 13 And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, `Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?' 14 "Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."

v-20 giving glory to God.. believing him gives GOD the glory

1John 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe  God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

v-21 fully convinced

v22 accounted for righteousness because of his genuine faith

v-23-24 Not written for his sake alone. If Abraham was justified by faith in Christ then so are we.

v-25 delivered up means crucified, for our offenses means our sins

raised because of our justification(being declared righteous)

The resurrection proved that God had accepted the sacrifice of his Son and would be able to be just and yet justify the ungodly

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance (or certainty) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The only good thing about you or me is Jesus Christ, He wants to make us like Him.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10:12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,

Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Romans 10:9-13 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."