Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 4
December 6, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<180> Thesis: The conflict of faith is progressively more effective. Introduction: Last week we looked into the issues of Abraham's faith in respect to how it came into existence. We saw that it came by reason of two elements. The first was the active "presence" of the hope-speaking God (One who makes "promises") Who must always be "on hand" if man is to become believing (1 Thessalonians 1:5). The other was the rational foundation of the omnipotence of the present God. It is interesting that Sarah's "faith" was developed by God as He not only spoke in her hearing, but challenged her anemic concept of Yahweh's power (Genesis 18). We are told by Hebrews 11:11 that He was effective on her behalf. And this is on the heels of Genesis 17:17 where Abraham "laughed" in light of the very issues Paul has raised in this text. He was given three months to think about it. Now we have actually come in Romans 4 to Paul's reference to the Genesis 17:17 text. What we are going to see this evening is that the triumph of "faith unto fulfillment" is invariably the final straw in the incremental process to which God is adamantly committed.