10.11.16 – rom 4:13

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? No doubt you’ve heard this philosophical dilemma a time or two. Did you know that in 2010 scientists at Sheffield and Warwick University in England claimed to have solved this age old question? I won’t go into the details but the Chicken was declared the winner. Needless to say both are equally essential. I for one am just trying to figure out why it was worth a study such as this.
In Romans 3 Paul has laid out that both Jew and Gentile have equal access to the salvation of Jesus Christ. Now he addresses the subject of faith vs works using Abraham, how before he was chosen, he demonstrated the faith that is at the heart of salvation. Abraham had a litany of works he could lay out for comparison with anyone but it was his faith that made him God’s chosen father of all who would believe. On our best day we are still sinners and it is only through our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus that sets us apart. It was a similar faith in God’s promises to him that set Abraham apart.
While our Works and Faith coexist much like the Chicken and Egg, you can be assured that without faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection, your works mean about as much as the as the results of the aforementioned study. Romans 4:13 – For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.