Friday, 26th November 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-8 Just Believe
V1-3 ‘What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ There is nothing we can do for God because He is the Creator of the world, He created everything so what is there for us to do? We only have to believe. Our job is so simple, just believe and God will make us justified in Him. But can we believe this truth? Paul listed out a lot of questions in this chapter to challenge our belief.
V5-8 ‘But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”’ David believed God has grace, he believed God will forgive him, despite of the evil things he did. Do we also believe in it? Or are we still seeking approval from others? We work so hard, and we expect something in return, because we don’t believe that God will give us grace without any hard work produced by us! We try to count our blessings with the worldly calculation, we think one plus one equals two, but in fact, the kingdom’s way of calculation is not like this.
David worshipped God freely and he danced for God, even his wife despised him, but God loved it. He looks into our hearts just like how He looked into David’s heart. We must feel this love, because God loves us and He is always for us. Can we just believe in it?
Section Two V9-12 How is it Calculated
V9-10 ‘Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised.’ What makes us the blessed? Do we only believe in it after we receive the blessings we can see from our physical eyes? Or do we believe that we will be blessed even before we see the blessings? The worldly belief is that seeing is believing, but the heavenly belief is that believing before seeing!
Abraham took the action of faith before he saw God’s blessings. He knew God loves him, and he believed every Word from God. God’s promises came true after Abraham died but he never stopped believing. That’s why this faith has the power. The formula for the Kingdom to calculate God’s blessings for us is by faith, the greater the faith, the more powerful the blessings.
Section Three V13-25 Calculate Like This
V13 ‘For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.’ Everything comes from the promise of God and the Word of God. This is how the calculation of the Kingdom works! Whatever God says will be the end result. Sarah’s period was stopped, it was impossible for her to have children, but Abraham believed, because God promised.
V16-18 ‘Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”’ What we see in front of us and what God says often don’t match up, but Abraham believed in it, and he received the blessings from God. We are all blessed sinners, this means that we receive what we don’t deserve, because no matter how hard we work, as sinners, we can never receive such blessings in return if it was not for the grace of God.
Do we see we are blessed? Or do we see the many responsibilities and tasks we have in front of us? What are our blessings? To have a car, to have a house, to have obedient children, to have pay rise at work… the blessings in our lives are all based on ‘doing’. But the true blessings from God are more than all this! Can we see God’s blessings in our everyday life? Being able to wake up in the morning is a blessing; having a job is a blessing; living in a house with a roof is a blessing. When we really see God’s blessings with us every moment of our lives, then we will no longer complain, we will no longer calculate if we have enough or not, and we will not feel in lacking. It’s never about how much money we have in our bank, but it’s about our heart. Do we have a thanksgiving attitude and live everyday in the love of God?
God is the God, who raises the dead to life; who makes the impossible possible; who creates everything from nothing. Do we believe in it? If we really do, then we will not have bitterness, we will not backslide, and we will not feel hopeless.
罗马书 4 – 天国的算
V6-7 连统一十二支派的以色列王大卫都说“得赦免其过、遮盖其罪的，这人是有福的！”他相信神有恩典，即使他犯下大罪，神也能饶恕他。我们相信吗，还是靠着自己的doing行为来博取神和人的爱？我们在做事的时候是否想要回报？如果是这样，我们就很容易像旷野中的以色列民那样 – 他们当时在山下等不到摩西，就让大祭司亚伦造了一个金牛犊来拜，自己还以为这“金牛犊”是耶和华神。同样，我们也常常做很多事情来赢取报酬，当得不到的时候，我们心里有苦毒，就没有办法爱神、爱权柄。在doing的模式下，我们会觉得自己被人逼迫压榨。大卫虽然因为敬拜不好而被太太嘲笑，但他真心爱神，就没有苦毒。求神帮助我们跳出为奴为仆的心态，看到自己每一天都活在蒙爱的氛围里。