Will Not the Judge Do Right?
Father, You are faithful to Your promises and consistent in Your purposes. I thank You for that great truth and blessing.
Read Romans 4:13-25
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). Faith is not irrational or “believing what you know can’t be true”!
Now it is clear why dikaiosyne possibly means “covenant faithfulness,” not moral virtue. Paul brings Abraham into the argument not as an example (though he is that), but to establish that all believers are his children, that the promised blessings are for us and not just the Jews. The promise did not come through the Law, but through the covenant justice of faith. God’s justice is now satisfied in the faithful life and death of Jesus.
All too often we meet people who are plagued by a sense of unworthiness and believe that they are not ready, not good enough, to come to church or to have any dealings with God. At times Christians, too, fall into this kind of thinking. Indeed, “unworthy” is exactly how we should feel in God’s presence. Still, this is the very point at which God comes to meet us.
The covenant blessings that God promised to Abraham he promises to us, too, as we come to him in faith (24,25). Abraham’s faith reversed the condition of humankind described in 1:18, the idolatry of 1:23. Those who live in faith reverse the catalogue of sins that follow in 1:24-32. Jesus offered up his life for our sins (v. 25 echoes Isa. 53:5 and Paul has the whole of Isa. 52:13—53:12 in mind here). Let’s experience the “power of his resurrection” (Phil. 3:10). When Jesus appears, “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
Do not leave today’s reading without praising God that every one of us, sinners in God’s sight, is accepted as we are, solely because of Christ’s love for us and his sacrifice on the cross. What an awesome God! Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Do you share Abraham’s faith? Do you look in love, gratitude and trust to the Creator who promises impossible things and brings them to pass? How will you do so today?
Gracious God, I’m so grateful that You count me worthy because of Jesus. Grow my faith and trust in Your wise and loving control.
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