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The Bible Teacher's Commentary
Paul in Romans 4:13-25 continues using Abraham as an example of salvation. He shows us if we have the same type of faith Abraham had, we shall become Abraham’s children. We become saved by our faith rather than by works. We, like Abraham, will get our righteousness by faith.
What promise was mentioned to Abraham in Romans 4:13?
Why is the Law unable to help one become a child of Abraham?
How does one become an heir to Abraham? Why?
How do the Jews become children of Abraham?
How is God described in Romans 4:17?
Why does the phrase ‘hope against hope’ (Romans 4:18) well describe Abraham’s act of faith?
Notice the prepositional phrases that the words ‘faith,’ ‘belief’ and ‘unbelief’ are in.
How would you describe the activity of Abraham’s faith (or belief) from these phrases?
Some people think that when a person believes in something, then you can not think about it (or him) because of its mystical nature.
What thoughts does the word ‘contemplated’ (Romans 4:19) bring into this discussion?
Why did Abraham’s faith grow stronger?
What was the result of the faith of Abraham?
Besides Abraham, who does the phrase “It was reckoned to him” apply? Why?
Who do we believe in? What did God do?
Some people believe Jesus never died on the cross. Did Paul the apostle believe Jesus ever died?
Why did Jesus die? Why was He raised?
Some people say they would believe if they first saw some miracles.
After thinking about the faith of Abraham and of the believers as discussed in this chapter, respond to this group of people. How does our faith grow stronger?
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Each section of Romans is broken up into teaching or study sections. There is a set of Bible Studies for each set. The NASB is used but other translations can be used alongside the Bible Studies. The series of Bible Study questions is meant to lead one into the discovery of the scripture's teaching. Sometimes there is both a basic and advanced set of Bible Studies. The study Bible Studies focus on the three following parts.
These answers will be found right in the Bible passage. The NASB text is used because it is more literal. These questions will encourage one to ask, "What does the passage actually say?"
At the end, there is room for one's own applications. These questions will encourage one to ask, "What does the passage mean to me?" These answers are meant to be personal and have to do with one's own life.
These answers will not be found in the text as the general questions. One has to use other knowledge that one has gleaned over the years to answer these properly. They are meant to encourage one to dig deeper into the point of the passage. These questions would have one ask, "What does it mean?"