Justified by faith
Chapter four of Romans is the great description of saving faith, with Hebrews chapter eleven being the illustration of saving faith. This factor of faith in our salvation is an oxymoron and the great paradox of life. How is it possible for the perfect being in the universe to accept us into His family after we have given such great offense by sinning against His holiness? This is what is demonstrated in the story Abraham’s faith as told in the book of Genesis. And this is what Paul uses as his example of justifying faith before a holy God.
Abraham is called the father of faith and for very good reason. He never realized the promises God made to him in his life time. Yet he never doubted that God would do what He said He would do. In fact the Hebrew writer makes this very point when he says, “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they [...]