Believe! – Romans 4

Wow. I’m astounded by what I read this morning in Romans 4. I’m discovering deeper meaning in what it means to be righteous. Look at what Paul writes about Abraham:

18 When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, “Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars,” even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God declared him to be righteous.

The fact that Abe believed God – had faith – this brought glory to God and favor from God. God declared Abe to be righteous because of his faith – and not just for Abe’s benefit. Look what Paul writes next:

23 Now this wonderful truth – that God declared him to be righteous – wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. 24 It was for us, too, assuring us that God will also declare us to be righteous if we believe in God, who brought Jesus our Lord back from the dead.

Do you want to know what it means to be righteous? One needs to simply believe what God has promised – like Abe did. Abe believed it more and more, even though he was getting old and it was becoming more and more likely that he would not normally have children.

So, what are some of God’s promises? Here are a few – see if they apply in your situation:

  • And with all His abundant wealth through Christ Jesus, my God will supply all your needs. To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen. (Philippians 4:19,20 Good News)
  • I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me. (Philippians 4: 13 Good News)
  • For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NLT)
  • But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NLT)
  • But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Cor. 12:9 NLT)
  • Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present your faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy (Jude v 24 NIV)
  • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Believe! Do not doubt. By this you not only benefit from God’s promises, but you bring Him glory and you encourage others to believe. You become righteous like Abraham.peace,

  1. #1 by Tina on September 5, 2006 - 11:40 am

    Hey Eric! I agree with your revelations regarding righteousness and faith. When James says that faith without works is dead, it is easy to see what he means in light of the passage you cited, along with Hebrews 11. If we have faith, we will do works of righteousness, and we are doing works of righteousness. Look at what Noah and Abraham and Rahab did because of their faith! And it was credited to them as righteousness. Cool!!

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