Thursday, January 11, 2018
Chapter of Study: Romans 4
As has been a preeminent message throughout the book of Romans, we recognized St. Paul’s continued emphasis on the necessity of living through faith in Christ versus strict attempts of adherence to God’s law in order to achieve righteousness and ultimately, salvation for our sins. Chapter 4 drew our attention to examples of Abraham and David exhibiting such faith during Old Testament times.
Despite acts of murder and adultery, we recognized how God spoke to and used both Abraham and David in unprecedented ways of redemption, and that it was not through works or outward appearances but through faith alone that they were able to receive the Lord’s mercy and grace.
10. How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. – Romans 4:10
13. For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. – Romans 4:13
20. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21being fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. – Romans 4: 20-21