The Book of Romans – Your Future

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“Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)” Romans 4:13-15

Paul is telling us, and the whole Bible teaches that you have two possible futures in front of you. One is to inherit the world; the other is to inherit punishment. In verse 13, “The promise to Abraham or to his descendants is that he would be heir of the world . . .” And we know from verses 11 and 12 that the “descendants” of Abraham are not just Jewish people, but all those who have the faith of Abraham. So, you may or may not be among that number. It depends on your faith. And we see in verse 15, “The Law brings punishment.” If you live under the Law, you will inherit punishment. So, there are two possible futures for us all: inheriting the world, or inheriting punishment. It is your choice as to what your future holds. Abraham’s righteousness was not based on the law.  It was based on his faith. It was based on his trust. Our righteousness is not based on the law. Let’s look at Paul example, Abraham. He was not perfect and he did not keep the law, because at the time he trusted God there was no law. We see in Genesis 22 how much Abraham trusted God. Abraham trusted God so much that he was willing to sacrifice his son. Abraham choice to obey God and sacrifice his son, but as always God has a better plan and Abraham did not have to sacrifice his son.

 You have two possible futures in front of you. One is to inherit the world; the other is to inherit punishment. Whether you inherit the one or the other hangs on one fundamental thing: the righteousness of God. Has it been credited to your account or does it stand as a witness against you? What makes the difference? The difference is whether you trust Christ to cover your sins and to be God’s righteousness for you. So, trust him. Do it right now. Trust him.

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