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. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.
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.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
“…what He had promised He was also able to perform. …”
Do we really believe what we believe is really true? If so, how would that change things?
…“it was accounted to him for righteousness.”…
What was credited to him for righteousness? He believed God. God said it, it would be.
“…He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform….”
Like Paul, we too can take God at his word. We are promised that Jesus was raised up for our benefit, to cleanse us of our sins and justify us before God. We can take hold of that promise and our belief that it is so will be counted to us as righteousness. Believe and become.
“… in hope believed, so that he became …”
We can believe and become the promise of God to others as we share with them the life he brings, the justification from sin’s penalty of death. He who gave life gives life again. Believe and become…alive.