Summary: Faith in the reality of Messiah Jesus Christ is the same as Abraham’s faith in the Promised Messiah.
We noted last week from Romans 4:1-12 that Abraham is the “father” of faith. Faith, belief and trust in God with his heart, made Abraham righteous in God’s sight. Please open your Bibles to Matthew 8:11……….
Abraham will be in heaven! The Israelites of old were so sure that Abraham will be in heaven that they called heaven, Abraham’s Bosom. What about the Israelites from the Old Testament, will they all be in heaven? Who of those who died before Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead will go to heaven and why? God answers this question in Romans Chapter 4; please open your Bibles there and let us learn together. But before reading our text this morning, let us together pray our commitment to God’s Word…….
Verse 13 is of course the key verse in this passage. “It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.”
Abraham and his offspring received a promise from God. Can God keep a promise??
Absolutely, God can keep His promises!
God is the absolute Promise Keeper!
But remember what we noted a few weeks ago from Romans 2:3-4? God gives promises to people because He loves people! God gives and instructs because He loves people and whatever people do with God’s provisions will not nullify God’s love for people. The problem is never with God but people’s choice to either believe or not believe in this Holy God! You either have faith in God or not!
You either believe in God’s Promise or not, but our choice will never nullify who God is! And simply, if we don’t believe
in the promise then don’t expect to have it!
You see, this is what happened with Abraham. God gave Abraham a promise but it didn’t become real until Abraham believed with his heart! And of course, true belief, which is faith, results in actions! In general, faith can be defined as a decision to believe and trust in something so complete, that actions result from it!
What did Abraham believe and trust in?
v17……. Abraham had faith in the Almighty God who gives life to the dead!
v19………. Abraham had faith in the God who can do the impossible.
v21…….. Abraham had faith in the God who will do what He says.
Did Abraham pick a good God?? I think Abraham would say, “If you’re going to pick a god, pick a good one!” And the God who says “I Am” is not only a good God, He is the One and Only True God; all other gods are false!
Do we have other gods in our lives today?
Watch out! There is Only One True God, the God of the Bible. All other gods we worship are false gods!
And because Abraham had faith in the One and Only Holy Almighty God, Abraham received the promise of not only blessings on earth but was made right before God forever! Abraham’s complete faith in who God is and what God said made him acceptable to heaven!