Saturday, 25 September 2010

Romans 4

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

"who does not work" God does not want us work for our salvation but rather to trust him for it.

But working is a whole lot easier than trusting...

Susan said...

v.10-11 Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.

This must have been a revelation to the Jews to consider that Abraham was justified by faith before he was circumcisied.

v.9 Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness

Paul emphasises again and again that we are not saved by our actions but by faith.

Susan said...

v.17 the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

We believe in a God who calls things that are not as though they were. That is why He is able to say, "Let there be light" and there was light.

We need to spiritually hear what God is calling into being.

Susan said...

v.11 So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them

Abraham is our father too. Righteousness has been credited to us, not earned, not as a reward but because we accept it by faith.

Susan said...

v.20-21 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Abraham's faith was strengthened as time passed, which is the opposite to what you would expect. The more he believed the more he was able to believe.