In our reading today from Romans, Paul teaches us that there is really only one proper and necessary response to the gospel. That response is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Brothers and sisters:
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God
and was fully convinced that what God had promised
he was also able to do.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
But it was not for him alone that it was written
that it was credited to him;
it was also for us, to whom it will be credited,
who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was handed over for our transgressions
and was raised for our justification.
Abraham’s faith that God would keep his promises was credited to him as righteousness because he believed that the Lord was able to do what he promised. That promise was that God would be father of a great nation and that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
Paul’s message to us is that we are heirs to a much greater promise of God, one that would take away the sins of the world. That promise is Jesus, who gave his life as a ransom for our sins and opened the gates of heaven for those who believe. For those who do, it will be credited to them as righteousness.
Do you believe?