Romans 4:16–25 (ESV)
The Promise Realized Through Faith (Part 2)
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 unbelief 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.
What is Grace? The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines grace as: “the free and unearned favor of God.” Man
is wired to want to earn their way to heaven. In fact, Christianity is the only religion in which man does not earn his way into heaven. Christ has done everything necessary for me to go to heaven. He is the one who gives me faith, he draws
me to him, he restores me, forgives me, renews me, and gives me eternal life. Abraham believed and it was accredited or counted to him as righteousness.” Luther writes: “If the promise were to depend upon our works, it would not be
sure.… When would we know that we had received it?” (Ap XX 87) This begs the nagging question... “when have you done enough?” Grace removes works out of the equation, and we don’t have to wonder if we have done enough!
Christ has done it all!
I pray: O Lord, if you told me what I have to do... I know I would try! I also know that Peter said he would never deny you and he did... at least three times! I too,
know that I would fail. You have had grace and mercy on me and removed this burden by taking it all upon yourself. I humbly thank you and repent of my sins. Amen.