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Carl Westerlund :: Romans 4:17-22 - A Model of Faith

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Romans in Outline No. 48

1.1  ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD

Romans 4:17

2.1  The God who gives life to the dead

3.1  THE BIRTH OF ISAAC

3.2  RESURRECTION

2.2  The God who is the Creator

1.2  ABRAHAM BELIEVED WITH ONLY HOPE TO GRASP

Romans 4:18

2.1  The HOPE Abraham had

Hebrews 6:17-20

2.2  The HOPE: His descendants were to be many

2.3  The HOPE was based on God’s Word

1.3  ABRAHAM BELIEVED IN SPITE OF CIRCUMSTANCES

Romans 4:19

2.1  Not weak in faith

2.2  Not operating by circumstances

3.1  HIS BODY WAS DEAD

3.2  SARAH’S WOMB WAS DEAD

1.4  ABRAHAM WAS MADE STRONG IN FAITH

Romans 4:20-21

2.1  Not wavering

Romans 4:20a

Hebrews 11:1

Waver (stagger) = to argue with himself

2.2  Becoming strong in faith

Romans 4:20b-21

3.1  DEGREES OF FAITH

4.1  Peter: “…little faith…”

Matthew 14:31

4.2  Faith “…as a grain of mustard seed…”

Matthew 17:20

4.3  “…Great is your faith!”

Matthew 15:28

4.4  “…Full assurance of faith…”

Hebrews 10:22

3.2  GIVING GLORY: RECOGNIZING WHO/WHAT GOD IS

Contrast with Romans 1:21

3.3  RECOGNIZING GOD KEEPS HIS WORD

3.4  RECOGNIZING GOD’S ETERNAL POWER ENABLES HIM TO FULFILL HIS PURPOSES

2.3  God rewarded Abraham’s faith

Romans 4:17-22

17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” ) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (NKJV)

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