Skip to comments.By Promise,Not Law...Romans 4
Posted on 09/06/2010 8:31:27 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,(Romans 4:13-16)
The faith of Abraham was based upon a promise from God the Almighty.that he would one day bear children,as many the and of the sea, and the stars of the heavens. This would require a miracle, because at the time Abraham and his wife were long past child bearing age, and had never conceived. It couldnt possibly come about by any works.
The difference between Law and Promise is the difference between self effort and Gods power. Only God could make Abraham the Father of many nations! Originally, when Abraham was still an idolator, his given name was Abram,exalted father. In the giving of the promise, God changed his name to Father of many nations- Abraham.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.(Genesis 17:1-5)
When God wanted to start a new nation to accomplish his purposes, He didnt seek out a virile young couple at the beginning of fruitful life, He choses an old couple long ast child bearing age, barren and beyond the hope of ever having their own children.This is how God works, so that no man can take the credit.
God made a promise to Abraham- a promise so unlikely only He could accomplish it. The existence of Israel is a miracle of the grace of God.All Abraham was expected to do was to believe Gods promise.
This is exactly the way Gods salvation works. Salvation is a human impossibility, no man can justify Himself before a Holy God, no one can save himself, no one can give himself a new spiritual and moral birth. As John would tell us in His gospel-
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.(John 1;12-13)
The new birth cannot come about of the flesh, nor of blood,nor of human will, New Birth is an act of God. The expression born again can also be rendered born from above. Since it cannot b effected by any human effort- it must be of Gods promise and cannot be attained by works of the law.
Promises from God, are gracious, God will do something for his people they can never do for themselves. They are to be received by faith- after all what can we do to effect them? Gods promises are what he says he will do. Abraham obtained the promise by faith, he didnt merit it or do anything to make it happen. How could he? Faith corresponds to grace and promise.
Romans is teaching us that,Law corresponds to works, self effort, and ultimately to wrath, because law increases the knowledge and guilt of the transgressor of the law.Thats why even with the advent of the law of Moses, the only way to be justified before God was by faith in Gods gospel. Law can never justify anyone, only show up their sins in heightened relief. Man could ever only be saved by faith .
Gods salvation is entirely by grace and not by works of men.
Salvation is a human impossibility, God calls us before the foundation of the World - our names are written inside HIS books before the foundation of the World; no man can justify Himself before a Holy God, no man can perform works of goodness that can be utilized to save himself, each an every believer is born into a spiritual birth, a birth not made with hands or building or by hands or by blood rights.
For John (1:12-13) truely writes: -
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God
Notice John's sayings "as many as received Him" - this clearly points out that God has CALLED such a one in order for just such a man to be able to receive HIM.
We are all truly born from above. And our salvation cannot be attained by works of the law or "works of a church system".
Correct. Only those saints who have been called by God before the foundation of the world are saved. All others risk being called “professing believers” but without the grace and knowledge of God’s calling before the foundation of the world.
This entirely false doctrine, because for men to choose God, then we would need to be at a similar level equal with God. When God calls us before the foundation of the World, HE is doing this out of HIS own good pleasure and decree and eternal purpose.
How can a man, under Arminianism, even dare to say that he has such equality of powers and knowledge. God is not to be mocked - there is only ONE God, the Trinity.
Man doesn’t choose God, but a man must respond to God to be saved. God takes the initiative- Savation belongs to God.
Man doesnt choose God, but a man must respond to God to be saved. God takes the initiative- Savation belongs to God.
AMEN! Man is free to choose only what his nature allows.
Man is Gods enemy and will never choose God unless God intervenes and Gives him the faith to choose.
Mules are free to speak english, but because of their nature, they cannot.