Emanna for 06/05/2019
The God in Whom We Believe
Rom 4:17 (As it is written, "I have appointed you a father of many nations") in the sight of God whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls the things not being as being.
Words of Ministry
The God in whom Abraham believed was the God who calls things
not being as being. The God of Abraham calls things not
existing as existing, meaning that He creates things out of
nothing. God is the Creator. Abraham believed in such a God
and applied this God to his situation. In a sense, Abraham
was unable to produce an heir. Nevertheless, God called Isaac
into being. Although Isaac had no being, God called him into
being. When Isaac did not exist and when there was no
possibility for him to exist, God declared, "There shall be
an Isaac." Isaac was born: God had called something not being
as being. We must believe in the same God, for He is the
almighty Creator who calls things not existing as existing.
The God in whom Abraham believed was the God who gives life
to the dead (4:17). This means that God can resurrect the
dead. Abraham experienced this when God asked him to offer up
Isaac. Abraham obeyed. As Abraham offered Isaac, he believed
that God would raise him from the dead (Heb 11:17-19). He
believed that God would give life to his son and that he
would have his son again in resurrection.
We need to believe in the Lord Jesus in the same way. We
believe in God the Creator, who calls things not being as
being. We also believe in Him as the life-giver, as the One
who can raise the dead. He can create out of nothing and He
can give life to the dead.
[For background, read Genesis 21 and 22. This section gives the account of the birth of Isaac when there was no hope for Abraham's wife, Sarah, to have a child; it also relates the account of God's request that Abraham offer up Issac as a sacrifice.]
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 71. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 3/28/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.