11 March 2020 -Romans 4:13-17 (NIV)

11 March 2020 -Romans 4:13-17 (NIV)

Scripture

13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

Reflection

One of the fatal flaws of mankind is our ability, no propensity, to draw lines of distinction with each other and everything. Oh you’re name is Josh? And you are Asian looking, American, ethnically Hmong, Christian, Liberal or Conservative, physically fit or not? You play sports or like the arts? Etc. etc. And then we make a decision if we like this person and want them to be in our tribe or not.

Sadly, Christians are just as flawed. Oh you’re Christian? What denomination are you from? Are you post-trip, pre-trib? Are you a cessationist? Etc, etc… And then we decide if we want to attend church with these people and ‘do life’ with them.

The Jews were no different, clinging onto their ethnicity, culture and faith as the things that made them the heirs to God’s salvation. But in this passage Paul reminds us that the promise of God was bestowed upon Abram BEFORE the administration of the law and that salvation was for all who believed, not just the Jews. If salvation is for all who have faith in Jesus and this credited righteousness is promised from before the law of Moses then why do we still carry such a desire to find “like-minded” people? Why do we still have such a need to differentiate people and then go with only the ones who look and act like us? Oh Lord please help us.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.

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Josh Xiong - Worship Director
Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.