Who believe in Him

But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Romans 4:23-25

Believe, it is such a simple concept and yet so hard for most people to do. Yet our belief, our faith in God is all it takes for us to enter into a relationship with the God of the universe. Once we have taken that step then God puts the work of Jesus on the cross to our credit. Wiping away all our sins. Making us a new creation. Making us right with God.

Abraham had faith in what God was going to do in the future. Even though it was yet to happen and would unfold over the next two thousand plus years, Abraham had faith in God and it was counted to him as righteousness. For us, we do not have to look to the future to see what will happen. We only need to look to the past to see what has already happened. Abraham had to place his faith is what was yet to be. We place our faith in what has already happened. To both Abraham and us that faith is counted as righteousness. Abraham and the patriarchs looked forward to Jesus and His work on the cross, we look back to His work on the cross and both are justified.

How much more faith did Abraham have to have looking toward the cross? He was looking at a promise made but yet to be fulfilled on earth. Yet so many have no excuse for a lack of faith. The promise has been fulfilled. We look back on the completed work of the cross. We look back to the most reported on event in history and yet many refuse to believe.

Belief, such a simple concept. So simple that it confounds the wise.

 

Have a blessed day,

David

PS. I will be on vacation next week and have limited access, if any, to email. When I return we will look at the fifth chapter of Romans.

David

About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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