The Real Gospel – Part 8
God has set us up for greatness through Christ. We don’t have to be special people for us to achieve that greatness.
The Bible shows that our past, irrespective of how bad it may be, doesn’t prevent God from using us for His purpose. We simply have to use our faith to connect with what He is doing in our lives.
We see this as we continue looking at Paul’s letter to the Church at Rome.
In Romans 4:17-18, Paul said:
“We call Abraham “father” NOT BECAUSE HE GOT GOD’S ATTENTION BY LIVING LIKE A SAINT, but because GOD MADE SOMETHING OUT OF ABRAHAM WHEN HE WAS A NOBODY.
Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”?
ABRAHAM WAS FIRST NAMED “FATHER” AND THEN BECAME A FATHER BECAUSE HE DARED TO TRUST GOD TO DO WHAT ONLY GOD COULD DO: raise the dead to life, WITH A WORD MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING.
When everything was hopeless, ABRAHAM BELIEVED ANYWAY, DECIDING TO LIVE NOT ON THE BASIS OF WHAT HE SAW HE COULDN’T DO BUT ON WHAT GOD SAID HE WOULD DO.
And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham.””
In this story we see that ABRAHAM DITCHED HIS LIMITED ABILITY FOR GOD’S ABILITY IN ORDER TO SEE THE FULFILMENT OF HIS PROMISE. This is how faith works, it doesn’t depend on what we can do but what God can do.
FAITH DISREGARDS PERSONAL SHORTCOMINGS AND FOCUSES ONLY ON GOD’S ABILITY.
In Romans 4:19-25, Paul continued to say:
“ABRAHAM DIDN’T FOCUS ON HIS OWN IMPOTENCE and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.”
NOR DID HE SURVEY SARAH’S DECADES OF INFERTILITY AND GIVE UP. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions.
HE PLUNGED INTO THE PROMISE AND CAME UP STRONG, READY FOR GOD, SURE THAT GOD WOULD MAKE GOOD ON WHAT HE HAD SAID.
That’s why it is said, “ABRAHAM WAS DECLARED FIT BEFORE GOD BY TRUSTING GOD TO SET HIM RIGHT.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us!
THE SAME THING GETS SAID ABOUT US when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. THE SACRIFICED JESUS MADE US FIT FOR GOD, SET US RIGHT WITH GOD.”
So, to receive salvation from God we simply believe His promise, regardless of our natural situation. THE SAME PRINCIPLE APPLIES WHEN WE RECEIVE OTHER THINGS THAT GOD PROMISED US IN HIS WORD (Romans 8:32).
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!