Temple Baptist Church - 4-3-2019
A. When assuring these “scattered Jews,” of God’s promises, Paul goes back to father Abraham—a figure that all Jews were familiar with. Abraham, the Hebrew, was the father of Isaac and the grandfather of Jacob—the first Jew. From Jacob the fathers of the twelve tribes of the Nation of Israel were born.
B. God confirmed his promise to Abraham by swearing on His name. We are familiar with placing the hand on the Bible and swearing or affirming to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, “So help me God.”
C. I will not swear on the bible but will affirm that I will tell the truth based upon my personal testimony of salvation and faith in God. Normally, people swear by the greater as mentioned in the text. God could swear by no greater than His person.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
D. Two things are found in Genesis 15:1:
1. The Lord was the Protector of Abraham’s Faith – His Shield.
2. The Lord was the Rewarder of Abraham’s Faith. His Exceeding Great Reward.
E. That is the interpretation but now we see the application to both these Jewish believers and those of our day.
Galatians 3:6-7 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (7) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Romans 4:13-25 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (14) For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: (15) Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. (16) Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (17) (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (18) Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (23) Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; (24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; (25) Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
1. The Promise—Verse 13.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
2. The Performance—Verse 14.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
3. The Patience—Verse 15.
2 Timothy 1:12-13 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (13) Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
4. The Peace—Verses 16-17.
1 John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (12) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
5. The Person—Verse 18.
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
6. The Possession—Verses 19-20.
1 John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.