Romans 4:13-25

                For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) –in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

                Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

                Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.


From Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations

Bethany College

Listen to ourselves Christians—

We’ve gone to court for Moses:

Ten Commandments in the Court House!

Charlton Heston in Technicolor and Cinemascope

We have done duty as adherents, as advocates, of the law.

We have brought the wrath.


But what have we done for Abraham?

Where is the story of the promise and the faithfulness?

—God’s promise, God’s faithfulness—

Where is grace playing in 3-D and surround-sound?

When did we march to carve “steadfast love and mercy” in stone

And set them in the Square

A proclamation of life to the dead?


When do we shout against cynicism and despair?

Against barrenness, against darkness, against the shadow of death?

—When do we hope against hope and proclaim

the truth, the fact, of those things which do not exist:

a child in Sarah’s barren womb; Jesus raised from the tomb,

our bodies raised incorruptible, the Kingdom come on earth,

the God come down from heaven, the Light that is not overcome?


Now children of promise, children of faithfulness—even now!


Ever-faithful One, free us from our fears

and lead us to your future. Amen.