80s Christian Metal Blessings!
I’m having a lot of fun preaching through Romans, what an awesome book of Scripture! In Chapter 1, Paul boldly declares, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation to all who believe!” In Chapters two and three Paul beautifully introduces us to the bottom of the barrel as he systematically shreds every argument we try to use to justify ourselves by our own efforts to be “good enough”—then—when we’re at the bottom of the barrel with zero hope of saving ourselves, Paul declares---now look up and see what God has done FOR YOU in CHRIST!
Romans 3:21-22 (NLT) “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses[a] and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”
We are “SAVED” when we place our FAITH in JESUS!
Okay, sounds good, so……. What is faith?
What does it mean to “put it in someone?”
That’s what chapter 4 is all about.
Paul uses the example of Abraham to teach us what biblical faith that pleases God looks like. Let me summarize the key point I want to make in a paragraph.
Paul refers us back to Genesis 15, where God called Abraham to leave his home and follow Him. God promised Abraham that He would bless him greatly, and Genesis 15:6 says, “Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.” Okay, that’s awesome, but let me press in a little harder with this question. How do we know Abraham believed God? Did He just sit down and say, “Okay God, I believe in you and what you just said… and nothing else?
We know Abraham believed God because he got up, TURNED away from his old life, and FOLLOWED God.
Abraham teaches us that the kind of FAITH God blesses and recons as righteous—does two things: 1) It trusts, and 2) It obeys.
Simply and amazingly enough—this is EXACTLY how Christ calls us to respond when He calls us to follow Him as a disciple (via The Gospel) -- we TURN (repent) away from our old life and follow Him as Lord. We put our TRUST in Him and step into a life of OBEDIENCE—following Him as Lord.
In other words, we practice faith---JUST LIKE ABRAHAM!
. There’s more to Romans 4 than that, but wow---that alone is a pretty awesome truth isn’t it?!
80s Christian Metal Blessings,