I mentioned in our last visit, we are now ready to study the next section of the book of Romans. The first section was the bad news – we are all sinners and fall short of God’s glory or standard. The next section is the good news – we can be saved. It deals with God’s provision of salvation and how that salvation can become ours personally.
As I read over this section, Romans 3:21-6:23, a number of things impressed me. The word “faith” or its equivalent appears 30 times. It’s an insight word that’s key to understanding what Paul says in this section of Romans. I’d like to do a study of the topic of faith based on these chapters of Romans.
I was intrigued that it’s mentioned 9 times in 11 verses at the end of chapter 3, 15 times in chapter 4, and 3 times in both chapters 5 and 6. It’s mentioned in almost every verse in the 11 closing verses of chapter 3, once in every two verses of chapter 4, once in 7 verses in chapter 5 and once in over 7 verses in chapter 6.
Faith obviously is foundational to experiencing God’s salvation. This agrees with Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
To do this study of the topic of faith you first of all need to collect all the information about faith in these chapters. As you spread out this information, you’ll find some points fit together, so work at correlating the information into groups and then into an outline. Finally, crystallize what you find into some applications you can make to your own life.
God has provided all you need to be saved, but it only becomes real to you when you receive it by faith.