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Emanna for 06/05/2019

The God in Whom We Believe

Bible Verses

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: comment@emanna.com.