I. Pride shaken (3:27-31)
Self-righteousness rejected, law upheld – in righteous by faith alone
II. Proof given (4:1-22)
Primary Exhibit: Abraham, righteous by faith alone
“And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” (Gen. 15:6)
III. Promise applied (4:23-25)
Jesus delivered for rebellion. Jesus raised for righteousness… ours by faith alone
“But yet, to this moment, I find it the hardest thing to deny righteous self, I mean to renounce my own strength and righteousness, and not to lean on that for holiness or rely on this for justification.” (from Ryle, J.C., Christians Leaders of the Last Century, vol. 2, p. 305)
• In what way is Abraham your father?
• What’s the difference between a foundational mindset of pleasing God and one of trusting God? How does humility impact these two options?
• What circumstances in Abraham’s life threatened his faith? What about yours?
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