“Abraham believes that what God has promised, He is able to do.”

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Chapter 4, Page 31 –

Keep your finger in the Luke 5 story and flip over to Ephesians 2:4-7 for a scriptural definition of Grace. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ . . . and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

I know that you are reading along in your Bible just as I am reading with you. (At least, that’s what you are supposed to be doing.) But if you want to see Grace defined further, you might spend some time on your own comparing this passage with Colossians 2:9-15 or Titus 2:11-14.

But for right now, do you see the hallmarks of Grace in this Ephesians passage? 1) God is full of mercy and great love. 2) However, we are helpless, sinners, and enemies of God (Romans 5:6, 8, 10), being “dead in our transgressions.” 3) Because of these characteristics of His, God gives us the gift of Jesus Christ (read further in Ephesians 2:8-9 to see the gift) to make us alive, raise us up, and seat us with Jesus. This is God’s Grace.

Now, without losing your place in Luke 5, turn to Romans 4 and read verses 18-22: “In hope, against hope, he (Abraham) believed . . . without becoming weak in faith, he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead . . . and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, yet with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.”

This is my favorite definition of Faith. Abraham believes not in his own abilities, but in the promise and abilities of God. Abraham 1) believes in God and 2) believes that what God has promised, He is able to do.}