God's Promise Realized through Faith

March 29, 2015 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Romans: The Gospel for God's Glory

Scripture: Romans 4:13–4:25

Romans: The Gospel for God’s glory
Romans 4:13-25
God’s promise realized through faith
As Abraham believed God’s promise, so we believe he raised Jesus for our justification

1) The promise to Abraham that he would inherit the world wasn’t through law but faith, 4:13.

2) If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise is void, 4:14.
What is Paul’s point in verses 14-15? Why is this so important?

3) The law produces wrath, but where the law is not involved there can be no violation, 4:15.
How does this verse further make Paul’s point in verses 14-15?

4) The inheritance is by faith so that the promise may accord with grace and be secure to all Abraham’s offspring who have his faith, 4:16.
Why must inheriting God’s promise require faith to be in keeping with grace and be guaranteed to believers?

5) Abraham is the father of all as written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations,’ by believing God gives life to the dead and calls things into existence, 4:17.

6) Against hope Abraham believed in hope so he became the father of many nations, 4:18.

7) Abraham didn’t weaken in faith as he considered his almost dead body or Sarah’s dead womb, 4:19.

8) Abraham didn’t waver in unbelief at God’s promise but grew strong in faith giving glory to God, 4:20.

9) Abraham was fully convinced that what God promised he was able to do, 4:21.
Discuss the character of Abraham’s faith as Paul describes it in verses 17-21.

10) Therefore Abraham’s faith was counted to him as righteousness, 4:22.
What does “therefore” make this verse say about the faith by which we are justified?

11) It was not written for Abraham’s sake alone that it was counted to him, 4:23.

12) It was also for our sake to whom it will be counted who believe in him who raised Jesus from the dead, 4:24.

13) Jesus was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification, 4:25.
Why must we believe that God raised Jesus from the dead to be justified? What does Paul mean by saying that Jesus was “raised for our justification”?

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