WALK IN STEPS OF FAITH

ROM 4:9-12

 

Rom 4:9

9    Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

 

Blessedness means happiness or attribute of goodness.

 

Is it for the circumcised only?

 

Or is it possible for the uncircumcised as well?

 

For we (Jew) say faith was reckoned for righteousness.

 

Rom 4:10

10  How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

 

How was it reckoned?

 

Was it imputed to Abraham when he was circumcised of before he was circumcised?

 

Gen 15:6

6    And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

 

Gen 17:10

10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

 

It was in uncircumcision.

 

Rom 4:11

11  And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

 

Abraham received the sign (show of acceptance) of circumcision.

 

The sign was a seal - (proof of authenticity) of the righteousness that was imputed to Abraham.

 

The circumcision came when God made a covenant with Abraham that his seed would be the kings of many nations.

 

Gen 17:6-10

6    And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

7    And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

8    And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

9    And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

 

Circumcision came to seal the covenant.

 

In the Bible many times seal was applied and stamped by the king or dignitary to seal an agreement.

 

Gen 9:12

12  And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

 

God used a rainbow as a token to keep His covenant to never again destroy the earth by flooding.

 

Righteousness was imputed to Abraham as a result of faith.  Faith came in response to God’s Word not circumcision.

 

Abraham’s justification came as a result of the righteousness imputed to him before he was circumcised.

 

Therefore righteousness might be imputed

( placed to one’s account) to the to them (Gentile) also.

 

Rom 4:12

12  And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

 

Abraham is then the father of circumcision

 

That is Abraham is the first to set a principle of circumcision.

 

John 8:44

44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

Here we see Satan as the father of lies.

 

Satan was the first to engage in this activity and sets forth the standards of wickedness which those who follow him also engage.

 

Abraham is the father of circumcision.

 

This means he was the first to engage in the practice and therefore sets forth the principle to be followed.

 

He is the father to those who are not of the circumcision only.

 

That is Abraham is the father not only to the circumcision (Jew).

 

But he is also the father (the one who sets the principle) to those who walk in the steps of that faith.

 

That is the faith that Abraham had being yet uncircumcised.

 

That faith is the focus of our study tonight.

 

If we are to receive the blessings of God we must walk in and by faith.

 

I. FAITH IN SALVATION

 

A. Faith to trust God

 

To turn from this wicked world and allow God to transform you into that vessel of honor that He created you for in the first place.

 

Let go of this world and let God take control.

 

Rom 12:1-2

1    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

B. Faith to trust God’s Word.

 

 

Rom 10:17

17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

We must be willing to do what God says for salvation.

 

Many want to do it their way. But man’s way leads to destruction.

 

Prov 14:12

12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

Prov 16:25

25  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

C. Faith to trust the Holy Spirit

 

The Holy Spirit is at work bringing conviction to the sinner.

 

John 16:7-8

7    Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8    And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

 

If you are here tonight without Christ, tonight is the time to be saved.

 

II. FAITH IN SANCTIFICATION

 

A. Trust God to take away some things

 

As the Holy Spirit brings that conviction of sin, it bears heavy on the conscience.

 

 

 

 

 

Ps 32:1-11

1    Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2    Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3    When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

4    For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

5    I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

6    For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

7    Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

8    I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

9    Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

10  Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

11  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

 

Why hide your sin and cintinue in that heaviness.

Confess and forsake sin and wickedness once and for all.

 

1 John 1:9

9    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

B. Trust God to add some things

 

God will indeed add some things to your life to bring fulfillment and meaning to your soul.

 

1. God will give you the energy you need.

 

Phil 4:13

13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

2. God will give you the resources you need

 

Phil 4:19

19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

Matt 6:33

33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

3. God will give you grace to abound.

 

2 Cor 9:8

8    And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

 

God is able to give you all that you need to live and walk according to His will.

 

 

 

Luke 6:38

38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

 

III. FAITH IN SERVICE

 

Rom 1:1

1    Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

 

Trust God as you serve Him.

A. Trust God for wisdom.

 

1 Cor 1:27-29

27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.

 

 

James 1:5-6

5    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6    But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

 

James 3:14-18

14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

 

B. Trust Him for guidance

 

Ps 48:14

14  For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

 

Isa 58:11

11  And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

 

Ps 91:1-2

1    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2    I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

 

Rom 8:38-39

38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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