"What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God" (Romans 4:1-2)
What a shocking statement!
Imagine for a moment that you just read a mind-blowing essay that was turning everything you thought about God upside down. And if that wasn’t enough, the very pillars of the foundation that you clinged to were being used to prove the other side of that argument?
So what made Abraham extraordinary?Simple. He believed God. That’s it! He believed everything God said to him.
Would you be reeling?
If that wasn’t enough, the next question after Paul described the righteousness that comes through faith in the previous chapter is: What good was Abraham’s works?
This is Abraham we’re talking about, the father of the Jewish nation and the patriarch of the entire race. The Apostle Paul is using his example to prove the statement in the previous chapter, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law” (Rom. 3:28).