Romans 4:16-21: God’s Unique Way To Strengthen Our Faith

by Dale Partridge

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been discussing the great reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone. We’ve also seen Paul defend that doctrine from a variety of different angles. We’ve learned that Paul spends the first quarter of this book to the Romans proclaiming and explaining this very truth.

Now, we’re currently in the fourth chapter, but we’re really in the third section as it pertains to theological concepts.

Paul answers the question of why are the covenant promises realized strictly by faith alone. He shows how we can trust in the promises given to us because we see Abraham’s trust and the promises given to him realized. Ultimately, Abraham’s faith is to be an encouragement to us.

In this episode of Real Christianity, pastor Dale Partridge talks about how God has given us a unique way to have stronger faith.

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  • Romans 4:16-21

    ‘That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead ( since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. ‘

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