It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith mean nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring - not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: ‘I have made you a father of many nations.’ He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed - the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

- Romans 4:13-17

We Don't Get What We Deserve

Paul makes sure to distinguish the difference in being an heir by faith and by righteousness. Paul states that the law produces wrath. If we are heirs only by the law then faith has no bearing to our salvation or what we reap. If the law is the standard, then we all fall short so all we could reap would be wrath. However, Paul says that our inheritance is not found through the standard of the law but through our righteousness that can only come through faith.

By Faith

The importance of this difference is astronomical. We should celebrate that the promise to Abraham was that of faith. The only way for everyone to have that guarantee is for the promise to be of faith. Most of you reading this were probably not born Jewish. Because of that, you are not children of the Law of Moses. We would not have the same access to grace had it not been for the promise of God to Abraham be through faith.

Who is God Really?

This is a lot of good news in this set of verses, but where do we go from here? I think one of the most important aspects comes at the end of this passage where Paul mentions the nature of who God is. Being able to be a child of God is great, but the greatest part is who our Father is. Our Father is one who gives life to the dead and calls things into being things that did not exist. We have a God who can give us hope where we had no hope. We have a God who can give us life even when we were dead in our sin. Let's celebrate what we have access to through faith as children of God! Let's be thankful that we have a God who makes good on His promises.


God, thank you for bringing life to the parts of me that were dead. Give me sight to known what you want to bring to life in me, and give me desires to follow after those things. Allow me to understand what it means to be one of your children. Amen.

- Daniel Bailey