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Summary: Paul takes his critics back to the OT to reveal that justification through faith is not some Pauline idea but Gods right from the begining.

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ROMANS 4: JUSTIFICATION THROUGH FAITH IS NOTHING NEW.

• HAVE YOU EVER HEARD SOMETHING NEW FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT HAS JUST BLOWN YOUR MIND AWAY? MAYBE IT HAS BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE, BECAUSE IT IS CHALLENGING ALL THOSE PRECONCEIVED IDEAS AND BELIEFS YOU HOLD. WHAT YOU HEAR DOESN’T FIT INTO YOU FRAMEWORK OF UNDERSTANDING AND SO IT LEAVES YOU THINKING. “HOW CAN THIS BE?”

ISN’T THE GOSPEL MESSAGE LIKE THAT? DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU HEARD IT? WAS IT NOT HARD TO UNDERSTAND AND BELIEVE “HOW CAN THIS BE?” ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP WITH A RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND - CONSIDERED TO BE BORN A CATHOLIC OR PROTESTANT - BROUGHT UP TO GO TO CHURCH - LIKE FAMILY GENERATIONS BEFORE YOU –- GONE THROUGH SUNDAY SCHOOL - MAYBE YOU JUST SAT ON THE PERIPHERY BUT YOU HAD COMPLETELY INDOCTRINATED BY ITS RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS AND WORKS AND BELIEVED THAT BY THESE THINGS ONE WAS MADE RIGHT WITH GOD.

THEN YOU HEAR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, SOMETHING NEW TO YOUR EARS, THE GOSPEL MESSAGE: JUSTIFICATION THROUGH FAITH ALONE. WHAT WAS YOUR INITIAL RESPONSE? ACCEPTANCE OR SCEPTICISM?

IS IT NOT GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME FOR ALL THOSE WALLS OF DEFENCE AND BELIEF BUILT UP FROM CHILDHOOD TO COME CRUMBLING DOWN. AND SO IT WAS FOR THESE JEWS. PAUL HAS BROUGHT THE GOSPEL MESSAGE TO THEM HE HAS PROCLAIMED IT, HE HAS EXPLAINED IT, HE HAS DEFENDED IT. BUT THE JEWS ARE STILL HAVING DIFFICULTIES GRAPPLING WITH IT.

1. JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH IS NOTHING NEW : 3:27 A - 4:1-2 GEN 15: 6

SO PAUL IS GOING TO TAKE THEM TO THE VERY ROOTS OF THE JEWISH FAITH TO REVEAL “THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN” WHEN IT COMES TO JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH.

THAT JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ISN’T JUST PAULINE THEOLOGY ( ADD ON ) OR PROTESTANT THEOLOGY, IT ISN’T CHRISTIANITY’S ADD ON TO THE JEWISH FAITH BUT IT’S GOD’S THEOLOGY RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING AND IT’S TAKEN FROM THE OT SCRIPTURES THEMSELVES.

HE PAINSTAKINGLY HAS MADE THAT APPARENT ALREADY ROM 1:2 THE GOSPEL HE PROMISED BEFOREHAND THROUGH HIS PROPHETS IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. ROM 3:21 BUT KNOW RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM GOD, APART FROM THE LAW, HAS BEEN MADE KNOWN TO WHICH THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS TESTIFY.

PAUL IS SHOWING HIS COUNTERPARTS THAT THE WAY OF SALVATION HAS BEEN WITNESSED TO BY THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS AND THAT JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH RATHER THAN CONTRADICTING THE LAW AND PROPHETS ACTUALLY FULFILS IT. V31 .

THE EXAMPLE OF ABRAM:

IN CHAPTER 4 HE WILL CONTINUE TO DO DRIVE THIS POINT HOME, HE NO DOUBT HAD COME UNDER PRESSURE BY THOSE CRITICS WHO SAY, “THIS WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS SOMETHING NEW AND NEVER TAUGHT IN THE SCRIPTURES? WE’VE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE?”

PAUL TAKES HIS CRITICS TO THE OT SCRIPTURES AND FIRSTLY TO ABRAHAM THE FATHER OF THEIR FAITH. IN SO DOING HE WILL PROVE HIS POINT THAT JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH IS NOTHING NEW. BUT SOMETHING THE SCRIPTURES CONFIRM.

• LET THE BIBLE DO THE TALKING C.H SPURGEON SAID ,” THE BIBE DOESNT NEEDED TO BE DEFENDED – JUST LET IT OUT OF ITS CAGE ITS A ROARING LION.”

V1-3 PAUL HAD COME TO SEE ABRAHAM AS THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF GODS PROMISES FOR THE WORLD IN GODS SALVATION PLAN. IT IS HERE IN GENESIS 15:6 WE SEE ABRAM TRUSTING IN GODS PROMISE TO GIVE HIM AN HEIR, BUT NOT ONLY ONE, BUT A PROMISE OF A FAMILY AS NUMEROUS AS THE STARS ABOVE SO SHALL HIS OFFSPRING BE. GEN 15: 6. ... ABRAHAM BELIEVED THE LORD AND HE CREDITED IT TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.


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