Glorious Grace

Rom 4:13-25

13For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

16Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

23Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.


13For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

I.         In this passage Paul summarizes about the place of the law in relation to faith.

            A.        There is no connection between the law and promise.

            B.        Righteousness in God’s sight only comes through faith.

            C.        If it was on the basis of law Paul says the promise would be no good.

            D.        The only thing the law has ever given us is wrath and a curse.

16Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God

II.        We are accepted by God according to grace.

            A.        Law is not grace.

            B.        Obedience is not grace.

            C.        Only faith makes it according to grace.

                        1.         This is the only way that the promise can be sure to all the spiritual seed.

                        2.         Which makes Abraham the father of many nations as it says.

                        3.         For he is the father of all those of faith.

God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

III.       Our faith is in a sovereign omnipotent God.

            A.        He gives life to the dead.

                        1.         He took a couple who were at the end of their life cycle and gave them a child.

                        2.         He calls those who are dead in trespasses and sins to life.

                        3.         Someday he will call all of his saints from the grave and raise them victorious over death.

            B.        He calls those things to which do not exist as though they did.

                        1.         God truly does the impossible.

                        2.         So sure are God’s plans and purposes that as far as he is concerned they are already accomplished.

            C.        Abraham is our example.

                        1.         When there was no hope he still believed.

                        2.         He did not look at the present circumstances but trusted in the promises of God.

                        3.         And although the promise was unbelievable, yet in his faith he never wavered.

                        4.         He never did doubt the ability of God to perform what he promised.

                        5.         Therefore his faith was reckoned for righteousness.

23Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

IV.      Not for him but for us.

            A.        Paul tells us that all of this happened and was written not for Abraham’s benefit but for ours.

                        1.         You see Abraham is our example, our example of faith.

                        2.         In the same way that Abraham did not stagger at the promises of God so we do not stagger at the testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

                        3.         If we do that, in the same way Abraham’s faith was imputed to him for righteousness so shall ours.

            B.        Delivered for us - raised for us.

                        1.         Jesus was delivered because of our offenses, our sins.

                        2.         Our sin problem was solved in the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins.

                        3.         He bore in his own body our sins there on the cross.

                        4.         He was raised for our justification.

                                    a.         Hear Paul settles the question.

                                    b.         Our justification is not on the basis of anything that we did.

                                    c.         It’s on the basis of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

                                    d.         By that we are declared righteous in God’s sight.

                                    e.         Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saved us.

                                    f.         For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God not of works lest any one should boast.

If we were to stand before God on the basis of works or on the basis of obeying the law we could only be cursed. But it is on the basis of faith that it might be according to grace that we stand.

There is nothing to boast of in our Christian experience. We are what we are by the grace of God. To Him are due all honor and glory.