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Summary: how God revealed to the world that it was forgiven trhough the resurrection of Christ

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The Revelation of Justification

Romans 4: Against 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.” 19 Without 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. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

God uses the word “credited” in today’s text. From that term I get the picture of banking. Every week I will check the internet to find out how our checking account is doing in an effort to balance the checkbook. When I do this, it sometimes happens that the bank account differs from mine. Somehow, Tristan or Rylee must secretly get into my checking account and write checks out that I have no idea where they came from. I don’t like it when those amounts are revealed to me - when my reconcile says 500 but the bank’s only says I have 300. Every once in a while it would be nice to find an extra thousand dollars in there - that would be a nice revelation - but it hasn’t happened yet.

In a spiritual way, you could look at this world as a system of credit and debits. The debits would be things that we owe God - and the credits would be the God has given us. What’s in your wallet? Are you in debt, or do you have good credit? It often feels that we are up to our eyeballs in debt. The law reveals that we owe God more time. We owe our children more time. We owe our school more homework. We owe our parents more patience. We owe our spouse more attention. It seems like a never ending line of duties. But there is hope, as today we look at -

The Revelation of Justification

This might seem like a peculiar text to pick for an Easter Sunrise service. Most of the time a direct passage from Matthew 28 on the resurrection of Christ will be used, or maybe Job’s statement - “I know that my Redeemer lives,” or perhaps the story of Jonah in the belly of the fish or the disciples on the way to Emmaus. Abraham is not a likely candidate to talk about the resurrection and Easter. However, Paul makes a connection between the two in this paragraph of Romans. What is the connection? Let’s see.

Paul says, Against 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.” 19 Without 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. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.


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