Hope Against Hope

Our natural expectation is to die and stay dead. Death proves that there is something wrong in the world, that God is not pleased, and that humanity is guilty and sentenced to death. Yet, Christians believe that by trusting in Jesus Christ, God forgives our sins, declare us not guilty, will raise us from the dead, and give us eternal life. We hope against hope.

And Romans 4 Apostle Paul retells Abraham’s account told in Genesis 12-25. In retailing this account parties to prove a simple important point about Christianity; God promised eternal life, and we receive eternal life by believing in Jesus. Our best efforts render a guilty verdict. The punishment is eternal death. Our only hope is that God will declare us righteous and give us what we don’t deserve, eternal life. Here Paul shows Abraham as an example of how to live, trusting that God will keep his promises, and the strange little phrase, “In hope he believed against hope.”

God had promised to make Abraham the father of many nations. Abraham would have descendants beyond number, but there was a problem. Could be the father of many nations, Abraham, who was about 75 years old, need heir. His wife Sarah was old and baron (Genesis 12). The Likely hood and Sarah Berry tile for Abraham seemed like nothing more than a wishful dream for both of them.

11 years went by, and at 86 years old, Abraham grew toted of waiting Abraham and his wife took matters into their own hands. Sarah had a much younger maidservant named Hagar. Sarah’s idea what simple: Hagar what act as a substitute in her place. Hey girl what where Adam and heir (Genesis 16). Hagar bore Ishmael. But, Abraham was 99 years old, God again appeared to him and hold him that the child by Hagar didn’t count. God promise Abraham a child by his wife Sarah.

The natural explanation was that having a child that age was impossible. Yet, Abraham believed the God who created the world out of nothing could certainly give life to a barren womb. God kept his promise. Within a year Abraham was the father Of a child Isaac by Sarah.

Abraham is an example of what the Christian life is like. Though Abraham saw the beginning of God’s promises kept, Abraham did not live to see the nation of Israel,mor the christians who would become his children through faith in Jesus (Galatians 4).

God promises eternal life to anyone willing to believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead for the forgiveness of sins. Sin has blinded us. Our holiness is hidden from sight. We often feel guilty and ashamed. Sometimes we feel as if God is against us. But because we trust in Jesus God has forgiven our sins. God has justified us. God calls us wholly. Like Abraham, the Christian life is one that helps against hope.

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