Romans 4:18a, 20-21 NIV 2011
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed. 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.
Paul took this opportunity in his letter to remind the church in Rome of Abraham’s faith. Genesis 15:6, “Abraham believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” At Abraham’s advanced age and Sarah’s as well, Abraham believed God’s words. Paul wanted the Romans to mirror his faith. Abraham did not waiver in his resolve. He instead was strengthened and praised God for what He would do in his life. There was no work the Romans could ever do that would guarantee them God’s promises. Their faith brought glory to God. Believers are saved through faith not because of their faith.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.” This hymn written in 1834 paints me a picture of what the Roman Christians might have faced in the early church. Like them, I need to know God’s Word. I must spend time daily praying and praising our Great God. Abraham never waivered and neither should we. “Onward Christian Soldiers, marching as to war.” The division and strife here and abroad is palpable. I’ve been saved through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
What hope is received through faith in Christ?
Saved by faith,