Tag Archives: Grant Osborne

Exposition of Romans 4:18–19 Faith accepts reality but trusts God

Abraham’s faith was based on a very simple idea: God will do as he has said even if I cannot understand how. This explains, for example, how we may believe in heaven with full assurance even though we have never … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Life, Faith, God, Revealed Truth, Romans, Science | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exposition of Romans 4:11–12 Good to ask: who’s your daddy?

Because he was a famous man of faith, everyone wanted to claim Abraham as their father. Jesus’ opponents loudly proclaimed themselves the children of Abraham (John 8:39), and, when Jesus said that could not be so in light of their … Continue reading

Posted in Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, Humanity, Jesus Christ, Romans, Salvation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Exposition of Romans 4:6–8 Only God can offer total amnesty

One of our foundational documents, the Declaration of Independence, declares that we have a right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Unfortunately, those things are not that easy to come by. Happiness in particular has proven elusive for … Continue reading

Posted in Faith, God, Jesus Christ, Justification, Law of Moses, Propitiation, Romans, Sin, Works | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exposition of Romans 3:1–4 God is reliable; humanity is not

The Jews misunderstood the Law of Moses as their assurance of salvation when in fact it was given to bring their flaws to the surface of their awareness. But instead of running to God for mercy, they reduced the law … Continue reading

Posted in Bible Translations, Covenants, ESV, Faith, God, Gospel, Jews, Judgment, Law of Moses, NET Bible, Romans, Salvation, Sin, The Bible | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exposition of Romans 2:28–29 Seek this: heart touched by Spirit

One of the fascinating things about professional football is that on Monday morning the great performances and the shoddy ones are first presented as matters of physical reality — touchdowns scored or fumbles — and then attributed to something inside … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Life, Faith, Jews, Romans, Spirit | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Exposition of Romans 2:26–27 We reap what we sow

The Bible repeatedly teaches that people’s deeds deserve more attention than their words. For example, Jesus said, “Whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them — this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. … Continue reading

Posted in Christians and the Law, God, Gospel, Humanity, Romans, Salvation, Sin | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exposition of Romans 2:24–25 Some people want a magic bullet

“Hey, I was baptized as a baby! Surely that is good enough.” “I go the church most of the time, and I figure God knows that.” “My mother was a real Christian, and she never worried about me going to … Continue reading

Posted in Faith, God, Gospel, Law of Moses, Righteousness, Romans, Sin | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment