A Father of Many Nations Romans 4:18

Paul the apostle asked the Jews in Rome, Abraham “ is the father of us all”, and in chapter four and verse eighteen of Romans, Paul referred to how God’s promise, “a father of many nations” where we read:

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations,

according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

The verse begins, “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, …” Paul began with the words, “who against hope” which means “Abraham beside and contrary to expectation and confidence of good” “believed” or “thought to be true, was persuaded of and had confidence” “in hope” or “upon expectation and confidence of good”, “that he might become” which means “so Abraham could begin to be and come into existence as” “the father” or “the generator and male ancestor” “of many nations” which refers to “of a large number multitudes, companies, troops and people groups”. “Abraham” “believed” what he “thought to be true” even when it seemed impossible because he was to become “the father” of “nations” all over the world.

The verse goes on to say, according to that which was spoken, So shall your seed be.Paul continued with the words, “according to” which refers to “down from, through out and toward” “to that which was spoken” or “to what was uttered, spoken and proclaimed”, “so shall” which means “in the same way will” “your seed be” or “Abraham’s offspring and posterity exist”. Paul referred to how God told “Abraham” that his “offspring” would come through what he “believed”.

When we consider these words of Paul, we see how “Abraham” “believed” God’s promise even when the natural way of fulfilling it seemed impossible. God promised the aging Abraham he would have a son through Sarah his aging wife, and this would be the beginning of him being “a father” to “nations” all over the world. Jesus Christ is the “promised” Son of God who came to redeem people from their “sins”, and all who believe in Him shall not only be “saved” but also shall receive “everlasting life”. May all who read these words know the benefit of “Abraham” being “the father” throughout all the earth.

Next time Paul tells the people in Rome Abraham, “being not weak in faith,…considered not his own body now dead, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.

Until tomorrow…there is more…

Look for the daily devotional book “Equipped for Battle – From Generation to Generation”, the marriage book “So, You Want to Be Married”, “One Year in the Sermon on the Mount” and the new poetry book “Random Mushrooms” in all major bookstore sites, http://www.amazon.com ; http://www.barnesandnobles.com ; download to e-books, and find it locally at www.mrzlc.com/bookstore.

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A Father of Many Nations Romans 4:17

Paul the apostle told the Jews in Rome, “Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression”, and he added, “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”. In chapter four and verse seventeen of Romans, Paul referred to how Abraham was made, “a father of many nations” where we read:

(As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.

The verse begins, “(As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, …” Paul began with the words, “as it is written” which means “in the manner and way it is delineated or formed in letters on a tablet, parchment, paper or other material”, “I have made you” or “God put, laid, and set Abraham as” “a father” or “a generator or male ancestor” “of many nations” which means “large numbers and plenteous amounts of multitudes, companies, troops and people groups”. Paul referred to Genesis chapter seventeen and verse four where we read, “As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations” as he referred to Abraham who “believed” God’s promise.

The verse continues, even God, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.Paul added the words, “even God” which refers to “the Godhead bodily and trinity which is comprised of God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit” “who quickens” or “who produces alive, begets and gives life to” “the dead” which means “one that has breathed his last who is lifeless, deceased, departed, destitute of life and inanimate”, “and calls” or “and utters in a loud voice, invites and salutes one by name” “those things which be” or “being things” “as though they were” which means “like they already exist”. Paul noted how God who can make “the dead” alive again and speak things into existence as though they already existed.

When we think through these words of Paul, we see the awesome power and knowledge of God. God can “raise the dead”, and because he exists outside of time, He can speak of things existing before they actually do. This is the God in whom Paul “put his faith and trust”, and when he did, God counted it as “righteousness” which would be to all people. This same God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to offer “salvation” and “resurrection” to every person in every nation who puts their “faith and trust” in Him.

Next time Paul tells the people in Rome how Abraham, “against hope believed in hope, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.

Until tomorrow…there is more…

Look for the daily devotional book “Equipped for Battle – From Generation to Generation”, the marriage book “So, You Want to Be Married”, “One Year in the Sermon on the Mount” and the new poetry book “Random Mushrooms” in all major bookstore sites, http://www.amazon.com ; http://www.barnesandnobles.com ; download to e-books, and find it locally at www.mrzlc.com/bookstore.

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Of Faith by Grace Romans 4:16

Paul the apostle asked the Jews in Rome that Abraham,“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”, and he added, “For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”. In chapter four and verse sixteen of Romans, Paul referred to how God’s promise, “is of faith, that it might be by grace” where we read:

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,

The verse begins, “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed;” Paul began with the word, “therefore” which means “through, by means, grounds, reason and account of” “it is of faith” or “the promise is out and away from the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things and is the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ”, “that it might be” or “that the promise should exist” “by grace” which means “through, by means, reason and account of that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness and unmerited favor”; “to the end” or “until the termination and finality of” “the promise” which means “the announcement, assent, pledge and divine assurance of good” “might be sure” or “should be stable, fast, firm and trusty” “to all” which means “to each, every, the whole and everyone” “the seed” which refers to “the grain or kernel which contains within itself the germ of the future plants”. Paul stated how God’s promise was by “faith”, so “grace” would be the agent of “righteousness” for Abraham first and then to everyone born.

The verse goes on to say, 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,Paul added the words, “not to that only” which means “not alone towards the thing” “which is of” or “that is from, by and away from” “the law” which means “the rule producing a state approved of God” “but to that also” “nevertheless and notwithstanding” toward thing that is “of the faith” or “the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ” “of Abraham” which refers to “the father of multitudes and the son of Terah who is the founder of the Jewish nation”; “who is the father” or “generator and ancestor” “of us all” which means “of each, every, the whole and everyone who lives”. Not only those who have “the law of God” were given the promise, but also those who had the “faith” of Abraham who became the “male generator” of everyone.

When we meditate upon these words of Paul, we see how “faith” brought about the “grace” or unmerited favor of God so that everyone would have opportunity to be in a relationship with Him. Jesus Christ made this possible, and when God sent Him to the earth to die for the “sins” of everyone, a personal relationship with Him became available. Through “faith”, “grace” and “righteousness” came to Abraham, and through “faith” in Jesus Christ as “Savior and Lord”, “grace” and “righteousness” shall come upon all who believe.

Next time Paul tells the people in Rome how God made Abraham, “a father of many nations, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.

Until tomorrow…there is more…

Look for the daily devotional book “Equipped for Battle – From Generation to Generation”, the marriage book “So, You Want to Be Married”, “One Year in the Sermon on the Mount” and the new poetry book “Random Mushrooms” in all major bookstore sites, http://www.amazon.com ; http://www.barnesandnobles.com ; download to e-books, and find it locally at www.mrzlc.com/bookstore.

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The Law Works Wrath Romans 4:15

Paul the apostle declared with the Jews in Rome,“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”, and he added, “For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect”. In chapter four and verse fifteen of Romans, Paul referred to how Abraham, “the law works wrath” where we read:

Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

The verse begins, “Because the law works wrath:” Paul began with the word, “because” which means “even as, indeed, seeing then, verily and therefore” “the law” or “the rule producing a state approved of God” “works wrath” or “performs, accomplishes and achieves anger, temper, impulse, indignation and any violent emotion”. Paul shared how “the rule producing a state approved of God” “accomplishes indignation and violent emotion”.

The verse continues, for where no law is, there is no transgression.Paul added the words, “for where” which means “even as, indeed, seeing then, verily and therefore at which place and wither” “no law is” or “there is not a rule producing a state approved of God”, “there is no transgression” which means “there does not exist the breach of a definite, promulgated and ratified rule”. Paul shared how if there existed no “law” or “rule” that described what is pleasing to God, there could be no “violation” of that “law” or “rule”.

When we consider these words of Paul, we see how the “law” produces “anger and temper” because it cannot be kept by those to whom it is given. If there never was a “law of God”, there would never be knowledge of what a “violation” of it would be. Because there is a “rule producing a state approved of God”, anyone who “breaches” it “misses the mark” and is known as a “sinner”. This is why Jesus came. The “law of God” shows the “guilt” of people and their need for a “Savior”, and that “Savior” is Jesus. Let all who understand these words submit themselves to the “Lordship” of Jesus Christ and find all their “transgressions” forgiven and cleansed.

Next time Paul concludes, Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace;”, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.

Until tomorrow…there is more…

Look for the daily devotional book “Equipped for Battle – From Generation to Generation”, the marriage book “So, You Want to Be Married”, “One Year in the Sermon on the Mount” and the new poetry book “Random Mushrooms” in all major bookstore sites, http://www.amazon.com ; http://www.barnesandnobles.com ; download to e-books, and find it locally at www.mrzlc.com/bookstore.

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The Promise Made of None Effect Romans 4:14

Paul the apostle told the Jews in Rome,“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”, and in chapter four and verse fourteen of Romans, Paul wrote about “they of the law” and how, “faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect” where we read:

For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

The verse begins, For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, …” Paul began with the word, “for” which means “even, indeed, no doubt, seeing then, verily and therefore” “if they” or “whether Jews or the circumcision” “which are of the law” or “who follow after the rule producing a state approved of God” “be heirs” which means “are ones who receive by lot their allotted possession by right of sonships”, “faith” which refers to “the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ” “is made void” which means “is made empty, deprived of force, rendered vain, useless and of no effect”. Paul said if the keepers of “the law” “inherit” God’s blessing, then there is no value in “faith”.

The verse goes on to say, … and the promise made of none effect:Paul added the words, “and the promise” which means “and the assent, pledge and divine assurance of good” “made of none effect” which means “rendered idle, unemployed, inactivated and inoperative”. In addition to “faith” being made “empty and vain”, God’s “promise” would also be “rendered idle and inactive”.

When we think through these words of Paul, we see how he argues toward the value of “faith” from another angle. If God’s promise of “inheritance” was to be provided to those who “keep the law of God”, then there would be no need for “belief and trust” in Him, and God’s “promise” to Abraham would be of no value. In other words, it was “faith” that gained the “promise” of God, and not the keeping of His “rule”. People violate the “law of God”, and only Jesus kept God’s “law” perfectly. Jesus died for the “sins” or “violations” of God’s law, and now everyone who has “faith” in Him shall be saved. “Faith” gains the “inheritance”, and “faith” enjoys the advantage of God’s “promise”. Those who are wise shall see and believe – “faith” makes God’s inheritance and promise of full “effect”.

Next time Paul tells the people in Rome, “the law works wrath, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.

Until tomorrow…there is more…

Look for the daily devotional book “Equipped for Battle – From Generation to Generation”, the marriage book “So, You Want to Be Married”, “One Year in the Sermon on the Mount” and the new poetry book “Random Mushrooms” in all major bookstore sites, http://www.amazon.com ; http://www.barnesandnobles.com ; download to e-books, and find it locally at www.mrzlc.com/bookstore.

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Abraham Heir of the World Romans 4:13

Paul the apostle told the Jews in Rome that Abraham was,“the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised”, and in chapter four and verse thirteen of Romans, Paul referred to how Abraham, “should be the heir of the world” where we read:

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.

The verse begins, “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, …” Paul began with the words, “for the promise” which means “because and since the announcement, assent, pledge and divine assurance of good”, “that he should be” or “that Abraham would be” “the heir” or “the one who receives his allotted possession or portion by right of sonship” “of the world” which means “the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments, riches, advantages and pleasures”, “was not to Abraham” which refers to “was not toward the father of multitudes who was the son of Terah and the founder of the Jewish nation”. Paul shared how God’s “promise” was not to “Abraham” alone that he was to “inherit” all the nations of the world.

The verse continues, … or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.Paul added the words, “or to his seed” which means “or to Abraham’s offspring, posterity and progeny”, “through the law” or “by means of the rule producing a state approved of God” “but through” which means “nevertheless and notwithstanding by means of” “the righteousness” or “the state of him who is as he ought to be and the condition acceptable to God” “of faith” which means “of the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ”. God’s “promise” was not to Abraham’s “progeny” by means of “the law”, but by “the condition acceptable to God” through “conviction and belief” in Jesus Christ.

When we meditate upon these words of Paul, we realize that God’s “promise” was not to just “Abraham” or his “progeny” through “the law”, but by “belief and trust” in God that resulted in “righteousness”. This same application is for people who put their “faith and trust” in Jesus Christ. God, by His “grace”, imputes or puts upon a person “righteousness” by “believing” in His Son Jesus, and those who are wise shall put their “faith” in Him.

Next time Paul tells the people in Rome, if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void”, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.

Until tomorrow…there is more…

Look for the daily devotional book “Equipped for Battle – From Generation to Generation”, the marriage book “So, You Want to Be Married”, “One Year in the Sermon on the Mount” and the new poetry book “Random Mushrooms” in all major bookstore sites, http://www.amazon.com ; http://www.barnesandnobles.com ; download to e-books, and find it locally at www.mrzlc.com/bookstore.

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Abraham the Father of All Romans 4:12

Paul the apostle told the Jews in Rome that Abraham,“received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also”, and in chapter four and verse twelve of Romans, Paul tells the people in Rome how Abraham is, “the father of circumcision” and “uncircumcised” where we read:

And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

The verse begins, “And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, …” Paul began with the words, “and the father” which means “and the generator or male ancestor” “of circumcision” or “the act or rite which is a term used for the Jews” “to them who are not” which means “to the people that are not” “of the circumcision only” which refers to “belonging to the Jews alone or solely”. Paul declared Abraham was not a “father” solely to the Jews.

The verse continues, … but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.Paul added the words, “but” which is a disassociation conjunction that means what is about to be written takes precedence over what was just stated “who also walk or “the people that even so and indeed march” “in the steps” which refers to “within the footprints, tracks and imitation” “of that faith” or “of the kind of conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ” “of our father” which means “belonging to Paul and his companion’s generator or male ancestor” “Abraham” whose name means “father of the multitudes” and was “the son of Terah and the founder of the Jewish nation”, “which he had being” or “that Abraham owned, possessed and held” “yet uncircumcised” which refers to “while he had the foreskin and was in a condition in which the corrupt desires rooted in the flesh were not yet extinct”. Abraham who was not yet “circumcised”, according to Paul, was also “father” to anyone who “marched” in step with his same “faith”.

When we consider these words of Paul, we see how Abraham was not only the “father to the Jews”, but also to every person who had his “like-kind” “faith”. Abraham was “uncircumcised” when God provided His promise, and when Abraham believed Him, God gave his the “rite” of the “cutting away of the flesh”. Now every person, whether Jew or Gentile, may receive God’s grace by receiving Jesus Christ as their personal “Savior and Lord”, and when people realize this, may all who read these words submit themselves to Him.

Next time Paul tells the people in Rome how Abraham was promised to be, the heir of the world, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.

Until tomorrow…there is more…

Look for the daily devotional book “Equipped for Battle – From Generation to Generation”, the marriage book “So, You Want to Be Married”, “One Year in the Sermon on the Mount” and the new poetry book “Random Mushrooms” in all major bookstore sites, http://www.amazon.com ; http://www.barnesandnobles.com ; download to e-books, and find it locally at www.mrzlc.com/bookstore.

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