Saturday, December 01, 2007

Faith of Faith

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Romans 4:13-25, King James Version

What is the faith of faith? Why does it matter to us in the 21st century?

The example shown above is that of Abraham having faith that God would give him a son, even though he had reached the age of 100, and Sarah, his wife, at 90 was past the age of child bearing. We are told that Abraham did not weaken in his faith, no distrust made him waiver concerning the promise of God, and being convinced that God would do as He promised, he continually gave glory to God. Verse 22 continues, That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.

Though Abraham's faith was remarkable, it is not the only reason that Paul used this example in Romans 4. The missionary, Paul, was explaining the true meaning of faith to the unbelievers in Rome. It is not those who obey the Law of God perfectly who are granted salvation because no one (except Christ) can keep the Law perfectly.

That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring [all believers] . . . to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Here is the key to this passage, But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

There it is, the faith of faith, which is simple and yet profound! What does it take to become a Christian? Faith! Faith in Christ who died for our sins and was raised by God for our justification.

If it is that simple, why are there so few Christians in the world? The answer is faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, But without faith it is impossible to please him [God]. Those without faith are blind; seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear.

Pray today that God would grant to you the faith of faith.

God Bless You,

Linda

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