The Promise Realized Through Faith
For the promise that he would be the m heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
For n if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,
because o the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.
Therefore it is of faith that it might be p according to grace, q so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, r who is the father of us all
(as it is written, s "I have made you a father of many nations" ) in the presence of Him whom he believed - God, t who gives life to the dead and calls those u things which do not exist as though they did;
who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, v "So shall your descendants be."
And not being weak in faith, w he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), x and the deadness of Sarah's womb.
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
and being fully convinced that what He had promised y He was also able to perform.
And therefore z "it was accounted to him for righteousness."
Now a it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him,
but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe b in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,
c who was delivered up because of our offenses, and d was raised because of our justification.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Genesis 17:4 - 6
As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.
Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.
No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
"And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ' You are not My people,' There they shall be called sons of the living God."
Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be.
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
"Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
"For with God nothing will be impossible."
Concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
1 Corinthians 10:6
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
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Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
1 Corinthians 15:17
And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
2 Corinthians 5:15
And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.