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It's Time For Some Good News

Romans 4:1-12
(RA-2051, Program: 0417, Air date: 01.22.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Grace is the unmerited favor and kindness of God shown to one who does not deserve it and can never earn it.
    2. We are saved by grace.
    3. The good news is God’s grace.
    4. Romans 1 - 3 tell us the bad news about sin.
      1. Romans 3:23
      2. This is the bad news that makes the Good News good.
    5. Romans 4 tells us the Gospel, or the Good News, according to three men:
      1. Abraham
      2. David
      3. Paul
  2. THE GRACE THAT ABRAHAM DISCOVERED  (Romans 4:1)
    1. Abraham believed God.
      1. Romans 4:3
      2. Genesis 15:6
      3. Abraham believed God for a miracle son, and he believed in God who could bring life out of death (Sarah’s womb was dead).
        1. This prefigures Jesus.
          1. Jesus was a miracle son: He was born of a virgin.
          2. Jesus came out of the grave.
    2. Salvation by grace respects God’s glory.
      1. Romans 4:2
      2. If Abraham could have been saved by being good, then he could boast about and glory in his own salvation. But Abraham believed God and gave Him glory.
        1. The greatest thing we can do to glorify God is to believe Him.
        2. 1 John 5:10
        3. Faith pleases God because it glorifies God. Because faith pleases God, God rewards faith.
          1. Faith is not saying to God, “Prove it to me, and I’ll believe it.”
          2. Faith is a response to the nature and character of God.
          3. Faith believes God not for what He has done, but for who God is.
      3. We are justified by faith, not by works. Thus, God gets all the glory.
      4. Ephesians 2:8-9
      5. Revelation 1:5-6
    3. Salvation by grace receives God’s gift.
      1. Romans 4:3
        1. The word “counted” is translated as “imputed” and “reckoned” many times in this chapter.
          1. Romans 4:3
          2. Romans 4:6
          3. Romans 4:8
          4. Romans 4:9
          5. Romans 4:10
          6. Romans 4:11
          7. Romans 4:22
          8. Romans 4:23
          9. Romans 4:24
        2. God imputes or counts righteousness to us when we place our faith in Jesus Christ.
        3. Romans 5:12
          1. Adam’s sin was imputed to us.
          2. Our sin was imputed to Jesus.
          3. Jesus’ righteousness is imputed to us.
            1. Romans 4:25
            2. 2 Corinthians 5:21
            3. Leviticus 16:1-10
              1. The Old Testament ritual of the scapegoat pictures salvation.
  3. THE GRACE THAT DAVID DESCRIBED  (Romans 4:6-8)
    1. David had committed terrible, horrible sins.
      1. Psalm 32:1-2
      2. David’s case was hopeless apart from God’s grace.
      3. Romans 4:6
    2. Iniquity is forgiven.
      1. Romans 4:7
      2. In order for God to forgive our iniquity, He has to pay the price.
        1. When sin is forgiven, the one who does the forgiving is the one who bears the penalty.
    3. Sins are covered.
      1. Romans 4:7
      2. When God forgives, He forgets.
        1. Micah 7:19
        2. Isaiah 38:17
        3. Psalm 103:12
    4. Our account is cleaned.
      1. Romans 4:8
      2. Once we are saved, God will never put sin on our account again.
        1. This does not mean that we never sin.
          1. James 4:17
          2. Romans 14:23
          3. Proverbs 24:9
        2. This does not mean that we can sin and get away with it.
          1. Hebrews 12:6
  4. THE GRACE THAT PAUL DISCLOSES  (Romans 4:9-11)
    1. God’s grace is for everyone.
    2. Salvation does not come by ritual.
      1. Abraham was saved prior to circumcision.
        1. Romans 4:11
      2. Belief occurs prior to baptism.
        1. Mark 16:16
        2. Acts 16:31
    3. Salvation is received.
      1. Acts 10:47
      2. Cornelius’ household had already received the gift of the Holy Ghost prior to baptism; and the gift was received, not earned. 
  5. CONCLUSION
    1. Salvation does not come by ritual or by resolve; it is by reception.
    2. Have you received God’s gift of salvation? Have you experienced God’s great grace?
    3. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    4. Romans 10:9-10
    5. Romans 10:13
Posted by dave hare at 9:05 AM

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