Justification By Faith
Romans 4:1-2: What lesson can we learn by considering Abraham? If Abraham could have gotten right with God because of what he did, he would really have something to brag about. But this very notion is ridiculous (Isaiah 64:6 and Ecclesiastes 1:2,3, 11 and 14). What can you give of any value to one who already has it all (Isaiah 66:1).
Romans 4:3-4: God wanted Abraham to have faith (belief) in Him. Abraham’s belief was credited as righteousness. Just what did Abraham believe? In Galatians 3:8 we read: “God” - “preached” - “the Gospel unto Abraham, saying” - “in thee shall all nations be blessed”. Abraham believed this good news to him and “it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Galatians 5:2-4).
Romans 4:5-8: What a blessing to know that my right standing with God does not depend on my works. My right standing with God is only dependant on Christ’s work and my faith in it (Romans 10:4). What a joy it is to simply rest in the finished work of Christ (John 19:30, Hebrews 10:10-14 and Colossians 2:10). No man can place his faith in Christ’s righteousness while still trusting in his own righteousness (Romans 10:3).
Romans 4:9-12: Abraham was saved by faith before he ever did a thing for God. His obedience to God was only a sign of the fact that he was already justified by faith alone. This is why salvation is still possible as long as a person draws breath (Matthew 20:1-15).