Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Romans 4:18-25

8Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." 19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah's womb was also dead. 20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." 23The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, 24but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

The Promise of God

Abraham did not doubt that God would fulfill his promise. He continued to do his part and waited for long periods of time to see what God would do. Yes Abraham made mistakes, sins, and failures as well as possessed great wisdom and goodness, but through it all he trusted God. His faith was strengthened by the obstacles he faced and his life was an example of faith in action.

v.25 When we BELIEVE, and exchange takes place. We give Christ our sins, and he gives us his righteousness and forgiveness (2Corinthians 5:21). There is nothing we can do to earn this. Only through Christ can we receive God's righteousness. What a miraculous exchange!!!

Why do so many pass up this gift????

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