Faith and grace, and not in that order

Romans Bible Background

08.03.2016 – New Testament: Rom 4.16–17a

To read the Bible in a year, read Romans 4 on August 3, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

In the first three chapters of Romans, Paul showed us our need for salvation, and toward the end of chapter three, he began to show its source. As you come into chapter four, he explains it more, saying that it is of faith and grace,

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”)… (Romans 4.16–17). 

God promised Abraham that in him, “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12.3), which included more than the nation of Israel. Whoever has faith can access the grace of God, because it is not the flesh that matters to God, but the spirit.

God showed the human race, grace for salvation, and countless numbers of people have entered that grace through faith.

Questions:

  • Are you in God’s grace?
  • Do you live by faith?
  • Does your life and obedience show it?
  • Does your repentance show it?

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