This Wednesday, Pastor Parkey continues his series “Free At Last” about spiritual freedom and based out of the book of Romans! To better understand tonight’s message, let’s do a quick recap from last Wednesday:
Keeping the Law does not bring righteousness.
Through the Law, we have the knowledge of sin.
The principles of faith, hope, and love are what pleases God – OT or NT.
To continue to make these points, the focus turns to Abraham. Abraham is considered the founding father of the Covenant between God and the Jewish people because it was to Abraham that the covenant of circumcision was given. Therefore, Abraham is looked to as an example of walking with God by Jews.
The point being that Abraham was not considered righteous before God because of keeping law but because of his faith in God’s Word. Remember: the Holy Spirit is stressing to us the importance of the principle of faith. Abraham was called righteous by God before he was circumcised! Therefore, circumcision in itself does not determine right standing with God – faith does. And, Abraham’s example reveals that all who have faith in God are considered righteous before Him. Abraham is the father of those who have faith – everyone – Jew and Gentile who believe God’s Word. Law reveals sin and punishment for sin. Faith activates the promises of God.
Let’s look at some of the aspects of Abraham’s faith:
He believed God’s Word.
God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.
To be Abraham’s children, we believe God’s ability and purpose above all else.
He believed in God’s ability.
Being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
He believed in God’s heart.
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.
He did not allow circumstances to dictate his faith.
Who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became…
And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. So shall your descendants be.
Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imparted to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Our salvation is activated through faith just as was the case in our father in the faith, Abraham. The promises of God are activated through faith, just as those were given to our father in the faith, Abraham. The resurrection of Jesus reveals that we are accepted by God and that every promise made to us by God will come to pass because of the power and favor of God.
Our relationship with God is established, maintained, and sustained through faith, hope, and love. Our life is changed by faith, hope, and love not behavior modification. Our righteousness is established through faith, hope, and love in Jesus and for Jesus not our own works. At least three times in Hebrews, these words are recorded in Chapter 10 (v. 16-17). This transformation is done by faith alone!
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