Footsteps of the faith (Romans 4)

 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. Romans 4:12

It was time for the service to begin. Everything had been done and we were ready.  We had prayed, fasted, prepared, and shared our faith with anyone who would listen.  It was now time for the service to begin.

As we worshipped the Lord, I could sense the battle was strong.  The enemy did not want to give up the souls of men and women in whom he had entangled in his web of deceit and darkness.  As we drew to the invitation it was clear, the battle was at its height.

It was time for the invitation.  The question rang out from the pulpit, who will believe in Jesus.  For those who did, it was now time to put feet to their faith.

As we come to Romans 4, we find Paul giving us a case study of footsteps of faith.  Israel had been trusting in the keeping of the law for their salvation, even though they could not possibly keep the law.

Paul draws from Abraham’s footsteps of faith to prove one’s salvation comes by faith.

Two truths stand out to me:

  1. Abraham evidenced faith in God’s work on his behalf, Vs: 3.

Consider the following:  Abraham evidenced faith by looking forward to the coming of Jesus to purchase his redemption, Vs: 6-7.  Abraham evidenced faith by looking forward to Christ’s payment being received by God the Father, Vs: 5.

2. Abraham evidenced faith by receiving circumcision as a sign of his faith in Jesus, Vs: 10-11.

Believers today evidence our faith in Jesus work on our behalf by receiving baptism as our testimony before the world concerning the God who is coming again.

When we evidence faith and receive baptism we are walking in the footsteps of faith.

Nine people evidenced their faith this past Sunday and now we begin to prepare them to each receive Baptism.    I cannot wait to see what God is going to do through them and through each of us as we seek to lead others to walk in the footsteps of faith!

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