The Book of Romans – A New Thing

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“So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” Romans 4:16-17

Abraham is called “the friend of God.” “And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God.” (James 2:23) One can certainly have no better privilege than to be counted as God’s friend. But this wonderful blessing is not nearly so elusive as one might imagine. I may never be a close personal friend of a governor, president, prime minister or king, but being a friend of the Almighty Creator of the universe, now that I can do. Being a friend of God is what life is all about. Abraham is God’s friend because of his faith and trust in God. We know of a few events in Abraham’s life which demonstrate the extent of his faith and illustrate what genuine faith really is, and while we may not face the same events, we can measure our faith by comparing our own response to God with Abraham’s. We all have the same decision to make in this regard: God had spoken; do I listen, trust and obey, or do I waver in unbelief?

 God intended to bless the whole world through a descendant of Abraham. This promise would be fulfilled in those that would have faith in God, whether Jew or Gentile. No obstacle or problem would be allowed to interfere with the promise being kept. Abraham believed in God so much that he simply did not accept that anything would make a promise God has made to fail. This kind of faith was credited to Abraham by God as righteousness. We are to have faith like this today. This scripture tells us that God bring the dead to life and creates new things out of nothing. This is the story of my life. He brought me back to life in Him and He made me a new creation in Jesus Christ.

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