After explaining in Romans 3 that faith alone can allow us to fulfill the Law, Paul goes on to describe the faith of Abraham in the Old Testament.
If you haven’t already, read Romans 4.
The Faith of Abraham
Recall from Genesis 15 that God made a very significant promise to Abraham. “The LORD took Abram (later Abraham) outside and said to him,
“Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
Genesis 15:5-6 NLT
It was because of Abraham’s faith that God counted him as righteous, not that he had just rescued his nephew Lot from the hands of the enemy, not that he had raised up righteous children for the Lord – at this point, he had no children, and it didn’t look like he would, either. It was because Abraham believed in God’s promise to him, as crazy as it might have sounded. For this reason, because of his faith, Abraham was counted as righteous.
“People are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.”
Romans 4:5 NLT
Paul goes on to explain how circumcision, the sign of belonging to the chosen nation of Israel, does not bring salvation. And, (as described in verses 11 and 12 of Romans 4), we are only counted as righteous through our faith whether we are circumcised or not.
Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Are you right with God today? Do you have faith like Abraham, believing what God promised to us, no matter how crazy it may seem?
Yeah, it is crazy that God would come to the Earth in the skin of a man named Jesus.
Yes, it is crazy that God would allow us the opportunity to know Him intimately and have a place at his feast table.
Yes, it is crazy to believe the promise that Jesus himself made to us, saying that God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son to die on a cross for us, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
It is crazy.
But it’s crazier NOT to believe; it is crazier NOT to have faith.
All you need to do is believe.