Scripture to Read: Romans 4:13–15
Today, we continue our journey on how God justifies each soul who surrenders to Him by trusting in Him and His promises. Over 2,000 years ago, the Jews struggled with God justifying the Gentiles, and today, people still struggle with God justifying anyone who humbly comes to Him and trusts in Him completely. We hear people today ask if people in prison who have committed horrible crimes can indeed be saved. As followers of Christ, we know that the obvious answer is that anyone can be saved no matter their past. Everyone is born with a sinful nature. Therefore, everyone needs salvation from the power and penalty of sin. Only God can provide us salvation, and it comes through our Lord Jesus Christ. As God had Paul write in Romans 4:13–15, God had Paul point out that the promise given to Abraham in Genesis 15 was for all of Abraham’s descendants too. Also, God gave this promise to Abraham 430 years before God’s Law was given to Moses (see Galatians 3:17–18). God told the Jews and us that His covenant promise with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when He gave Moses His Law; God would have been breaking His promise given to Abraham. So, if God’s inheritance could be received by keeping His Law, then salvation would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But no one can keep God’s Law (James 2:10). Christ was the only one who kept God’s Law perfectly, which is why God’s promise is fulfilled only through Christ.
Challenge & Application
Since God’s promise is fulfilled through Christ, how are you walking in Christ each day to honor Him as your Lord?
How are you sharing Christ since you know He is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!