TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
HEIRS OF THE PROMISE
3rd APRIL 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Romans 4:13(NKJV)
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.
As we learned yesterday, it is important for every believer to know and focus on the promise that has been set before him.
In Romans 4, Paul takes us on a journey to explain the system of the law in place before we came to experience the new covenant in Christ.
In verse 6, he shows us that David, the man we have been learning was a man after God’s heart, actually caught a glimpse of this reality of the new covenant.
David had an understanding of the grace of God long before the new covenant of grace came into play and that was why he preferred to fall in the hands of God than man.
Look what he says in verse 8;
“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”
For a man who committed so many atrocities, he came to the understanding that he couldn’t keep the rules.
He knew that there would be a people whose lives, whose heart, whose disposition will solely be defined by the gift of God’s righteousness and grace in forgiving their sins not by what they have done but because of their faith in Him.
And he called those crop of people- BLESSED!
Guess what? We are now that people!
In the continuing verses, Paul tells us that this blessing was also conferred on Abraham simply because he believed God.
The quetion is- What’s this blessing?
Was it the wealth God gave him or the seed he long awaited for? No.
It was that Abraham was made righteous not because he met the requirement of circumcision or because he kept the law but because he believed in God and that blessing became a promise for everyone who would come after him.
The promise to Abraham’s seed, of which you and I are was only going to come by faith. And this promise is fulfilled solely by belief(Romans 4:13)
Listen, God is not a man that would lie or make a promise and not keep it so if He says you receive a promise by believing, you can be sure that if you place your faith in Him and not yourself or your ability to keep the law, then you’ve come into the promise.
Think about it- If this promise were to be attained by meeting certain requirements, it doesn’t show the power of the one who promised but glorifies you who kept the law(Verse 14)
Guess what? This promise was given even before the law came. Because when God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, the ten commandments had not been given.
Meaning, in God’s plan, the template of the fulfilment of the promise was always going to be by faith and according to the grace of God(Verse 16). And because Abraham did not waver at the promise of God in spite of his weakness(Verse 20), God accounted it to him for righteousness(Verse 22)
Dear believer, stop looking at your weakness or the problem. Belief in God is how you receive the promise.
In Christ, you too are a heir of the promise. Therefore, you too can enjoy the fulfilment of the promise.
How do I live knowing that I am blessed and have received the promise?
-I am BLESSED.
-In Christ, I am a beneficiary of the new covenant. I have received the fulfilment of the promise made to Abraham and his seed.
-I have been made righteous! My sins are forgiven!
Therefore, I reign and experience victory over life through an increasing consciousness of this reality.
-Because I believe in God, I do not waver at the promise. My focus is not on the problem or my weakness. I keep looking up to go up.
-Life responds to me on the basis of this. I am a heir of the promise.
-Today, I enjoy daily benefits and testimonies abound for me because the Gospel works. Hallelujah!
HEARING BY THE WORD
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