Remade Day 5 The Kingdom of Life: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!
Dig In!

The Passage

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Romans 4:13-25 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

The Questions

1) What is the promise that was made to Abraham?

2) What does Paul mean when he says if we follow the law then faith is null?

3) What argument is Paul making in v.16?

4) What does “counted to him” mean in v. 23?

The Findings for Intention

1) What is the promise that was made to Abraham?
In order to understand the promise given to Abraham by God you must visit Genesis. Genesis chapter 12 is where the story starts, but the actual covenant and promises of God come in chapters 15-17. God tells Abram that he has a new name, Abraham, and he will be the father of many nations. He isn’t quite sure how this is going to happen because he is very old and has no children. God promises him an offspring and then continues to tell Abraham of the land he will have as well as the nation that will be established under his authority.

2) What does Paul mean when he says if we follow the law then faith is null?
Paul explains this perfectly in Galatians 3:23-26.

“Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”

The law helped us see our need for God but when faith came through Christ the law was fulfilled once and for all and we do not need that guide. Our faith justifies us before God not our following of the Law. When we confuse our relationship with Christ with a set of rules to be followed our faith becomes void.

3) What argument is Paul making in v.16?
In this part of Romans Paul is speaking to the Jewish people within the congregation to help them understand that the Gentiles, because of Jesus’ death on the Cross, have become part of the Abrahamic covenant. Originally, before Jesus, the covenant was for the Jewish nation only. Paul wants the “adherents of the law”, the Jewish people, to understand that “the one who shares the faith of Abraham, the Gentiles, are also a part of the covenant that God will be our God and we will be His people. All the promises given to the Israelite nation are also given to Gentiles, non-Jewish believers. This may not seem like much today but in that day, the relationship between Jews and Gentiles was volatile and destructive.

4) What does “counted to him” mean in v. 23?
Paul is using language that tell us that Abraham was credited with being faithful. The word “counted to him” implies reckon, take into account, calculate, and reckoning all the reasons. Just like with Abraham, God noticed and gave Abraham credit for being faithful, when we are faithful to Christ it is counted to us who believe. Notice that God “credited” Abraham with righteousness, even before the Old Testament law of the Ten Commandments was given. Justification before God has always been about faith and the posture of the heart, never about rule following, even in the Old Testament.

The Everyday Application

1) What is the promise that was made to Abraham?
The story of Abraham holds many truths. The first being that God is a faithful God. When we put our trust in Him and become part of the Kingdom of Light, just like with Abraham, our life changes for all eternity. The second truth is God is a God of covenant and promise. God was very clear with Abraham that he would give him an inheritance. God has done the same for us. When we choose to follow Him, we are gifted an eternal inheritance to be daughters of the Most High King!

2) What does Paul mean when he says if we follow the law then faith is null?Religious flare can sometimes overtake an intimate relationship. When we have a to-do list, it seems much easier to check off what I need to do to be saved. The only issue with that is God desires “a broken and contrite heart” and He desires to be in a relationship with you. He has invited you into the Kingdom of Light and offers transformation from who you are into who He wants you to be. Out of that relationship flows a desire to serve and follow His ways.

3) What argument is Paul making in v.16?
As a sharer of the faith of Abraham, I am forever changed by God’s inclusion of me in the covenant of salvation. The Kingdom of Light is available to all and because scripture tells us that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” we can clearly see that God’s desire was for the entire world to know Him. (John 3:16) This is our promise today, if we believe and live a life of faith we will be eternally with the Father.

4) What does “counted to him” mean in v. 23?
Will you be credited with faith in God? Abraham’s faith was real, lived out, and visible for all to see. God saw it, his family saw it, his servants saw it, and over 2000 years later we are still seeing it as we read about him in scripture. He was credited with righteousness because he was faithful to what God called him to. Abraham was not perfect but he was faithful.

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I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into Remade Week One!
Don’t miss out on the discussion – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
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