Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God?
- Paul goes back to the very beginnings of their national identity to make his point about faith as the basis of a relationship with YAWEH.
Romans 4:5 (NLT)
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
- Paul begins to "connect the dots." The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the ultimate act by which God demonstrated this fact to humans. This was the outward expression of God's promise of forgiveness.
Romans 4:25 (NLT)
He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.