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What Shall We Say About Abraham? (5 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, June 28, 2009
TEXT: Romans 4:1-25
INTRODUCTION: Abraham was the father of the Jewish nation. He was a hand-picked man, chosen of God. You will remember that God changed his name from Abram, "Father of Many," to Abraham, "Father of Multitudes." God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3, "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
Abraham was a man of faith. He loved the Lord and he trusted the Lord. We all remember the offering of his son, Isaac. One cannot possibly image such faith--a man willing to sacrifice his own son. Of course, we also understand the significance of this story as a type, having its fulfillment on the offering God's own Son, Jesus.
This evening, we will begin our study of chapter 4 and Paul's discussion of Abraham concerning his faith.
I. ABRAHAM'S JUSTIFICATION (VV. 1-8)
A. Works vs. Faith (vv. 1-3)
1. Paul makes the point that Abraham was not
justified by anything he did…even by the offering of his son. The physical offering of Isaac was a demonstration of his faith in God. Yes, he did perform works, in that he placed his son on an altar, just as God had required; however, it was his faith in God and in God's plan of sacrifice that justified him. According to vs. 3, "…it was counted unto him for righteousness."
B. Grace vs. Works (vv. 4-8)
1. In vs. 4, Paul reminds the reader that works
place a man in bondage. If he chooses to work for his salvation by trusting in circumcision and by the keeping of the law, then he becomes a debtor to perform all of the law, which is impossible. In our previous chapter, the Bible makes it very plain. Romans 3:28 says, "Therefore we conclude that a man is ju ...
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