11 Abraham’s Faith – what Faith is not (Part 1)

Romans 4 v 13 – 15

13For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the Law but through the righteousness of faith. 14For if it is the adherents of the Law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15For the Law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
16That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring–not only to the adherent of the Law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”–in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”
19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20No unbelief [distrust] made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. 22That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification
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We’re going to look at verses 13 to 15, and they ideal with what faith is not . I’m going to do that under two two headings:

  1. The Promise of the Righteous Father.
  2. The Procurement through the Righteousness of Faith.