I’m starting to read Romans in anticipation of a sermon series in 2019.
Here are some interesting verses on faith:
1:5 – “…we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations…”
- Paul’s is seeking OBEDIENCE that is from faith. The ultimate purpose is not faith without obedience, but faith expressed or lived out in obedience.
16:26 – “…according to the command of God, to bring about the obedience of faith…”
- the 5th verse and the next to last verse form an “inclusio” on the obedience of faith.
4:12 – “…who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had…”
- He does not say “think” or “feel” or “think” but “walk” which is a metaphor throughout scripture for a person’s way of living. See Psalm 1; Proverbs 3:5,6; Deut. 8:1ff.
6:1-14 – Baptism, Death and Resurrection, Presenting your members to God….all ideas speaking of new life of obedience of faith.
This is Romans, the greatest source of understanding salvation by Faith alone (1:16; 3:23-25; 3:28; 4:1-8; 4:22-25; 5:1; 8:1; 10:5-13). Yet the idea of obedience, walking a godly path, living a resurrected life, permeates this book from start to finish.
The Reformers spoke of faith as knowledge, then agreement and then trust. We are on thin ice if we think of faith as only knowledge, only something that happens in the mind.