Romans 4:1-3 / What Does Scripture Say? (Sermon – Notes and Audio)

Posted on July 27, 2013


This is the eighteenth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of July 21, 2013. This message deals with the importance of using Scripture as the basis for our wisdom and knowledge. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Romans 4:1-3

Abraham was the human, earthly father of the Jews.

So what did he discover about salvation?

He discovered that salvation is by faith, not by works. (v.3).

Even IF Abraham had been justified by his works, he still couldn’t boast before God.

He may be able to boast among men, but what is the point of comparing yourself to another sinful person? No one is worthy of God’s salvation in the first place.

And as far as boasting before God, how can an imperfect man boast to a perfect God?

The entire notion makes no sense.

Paul used the example of Abraham because it carried a lot of weight with the Jews,

Isn’t that just like people today? We put more weight in what famous people say, then what God has to say.

But here he asks the most important question. . . What does Scripture say?

This is the most important question we can ask. Its far more important than anyone’s opinion or testimony.

What the Scripture says is of supreme importance.

What is Scripture?

2 Timothy 3:16-17

It is the Word of God.

2 Peter 1:20-21

Not the will of men, but God’s Word
over 2500 times, the Bible calls itself the Word of God.

As God’s word it must be perfect.

It is useful for:
Doctrine, the foundation for what we believe in every facet of life.

It is useful for:
Reproof, for conviction of sin.
Correction, to set us right.

It is useful for:
Instruction in righteousness, to teach us how to live righteously.

It is NOT to make us feel good, it is to convict us.

Too many Christians go to church for relief when they need redemption.

They go for outward reformation when they need inward regeneration.

They go for pity when they need power.

They go for handouts when they need Peter & John saying “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give thee, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

It is not us who are to be edified, it is Christ, and we must believe rightly.

And it (Scripture) all points to Jesus.

John 5:39

And Jesus is real, not a fairy tale.

2 Peter 1:16

Many act like he is a fairy tale.

When we act sinfully and disgracefully, we act like we don’t trust or believe the scripture.

Yet, trusting and believing Scripture is exactly what we should be doing.

The first question we should ask is What does Scripture say, not what does somebody else say or think.

Scripture says a lot. In this case, it testifies of Jesus Christ.

It says that He paid the penalty for our sins.

2 Corinthians 5:21

It says that He has given us a free gift of salvation, we don’t have to work for it.

Ephesians 2:8-9

It says that He is the only way.

John 14:6

This was Paul’s point, it’s about Jesus and His saving work, not us and our goodness.

Paul was careful to defer to Scripture in order to make his point. And so should we.

Scripture says that all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.

Scripture says that the only way to rectify that, is through faith in Christ. No one comes to the Father but by Him.

This is the message we need to convey to people.

We need to forget about worldly wisdom, ideals and philosophies, and ask “What does Scripture say?”

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