Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 5
December 20, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<182> Thesis: The methodology of faith is to "give glory to God". Introduction: When Paul began what we call chapter four of Romans, he raised the question of Abraham's significance to the question of justification. As we have progressed through the chapter, we have seen that it was Paul's absolute conviction that God's program of salvation for humanity was centered upon Abraham. He was not merely an Old Testament illustration of God's method for justifying a man and bringing him out from under the Law; rather, he was the Old Testament standard by which every claim of justification is measured. And, as such, the central thesis in his salvation was the issue of "faith" as the critical ingredient in the salvation question. So, this evening we come once again to the claim by the apostle Paul that Abraham was justified by faith (4:20).