March 22, 2018
In Romans 4, Paul gave the illustration of Abraham to show that salvation has always been by faith, not by works. But Paul knew if one illustration was good, then two are even better. So he also looked at the example of David.
March 21, 2018
There are two things Paul told us in Romans 4 about Abraham’s salvation, or justification. First, Abraham’s salvation was received through faith. I think Abraham’s faith was in something more than just being the father of a lot of people one day. In that promise of descendants was the promise of a Deliverer--someone who would deliver humanity from sin.
March 20, 2018
To communicate the truth that salvation is not a reward but a gift for those who trust in Christ, Paul used two illustrations in Romans 4. First of all, he said, consider the life of Abraham. “What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God” (4:1-2).
March 19, 2018
A preacher of yesteryear said, “Illustrations are like windows that throw light on an otherwise dark subject.” It is important to use illustrations. The Apostle Paul was a master communicator. He understood the importance of illustrations. And that is why right in the book of Romans, which is a theological treatise, he used illustrations to drive home his point.
March 16, 2018
In Romans 3, Paul explained that we receive God's righteousness as a gift through faith. What is the result of God's gift of righteousness? Look at what Paul said, beginning in Romans 3:27.
March 15, 2018
In Romans 3, Paul demonstrated that God's righteousness is offered as a gift, and it is based on Christ's work. In verses 22 though 30, he showed that God's righteousness is received through faith. Notice how many times in this passage we find the word "faith." Verse 22: "Through faith in Jesus Christ."
March 14, 2018
In Romans 3:11-21, Paul said that God's righteousness is based on the work of Christ. Salvation is offered as a gift, but it is based on the work of Christ. A great misunderstanding about salvation is this: "When God forgives you, He overlooks your sin." No, a holy God cannot do that. God said, "The person who sins will die" (Ezekiel 18:20).
March 13, 2018
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul explained that God's righteousness is not a reward, but it is a gift to those who trust in the redemptive work of Christ. Beginning in Romans 3:21, Paul develops that truth to show the reality of God's gift.