“That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,” - Romans 4:16
There have been very concerning blurring lines between Christianity and the world’s religions and moral trends. The body of Christ’s understanding of the foundations of our faith has been trivialized, and become mixed with lack of discernment. I have been reading the book of Romans as critical to our understanding the foundations of our Christian faith in The Sycomore, how our faith in Jesus Christ differs from all religions and counters an increasing trend that all religion is the same, and what we are to share of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Apostle Paul emphasizes that to be a follower of Christ depends on faith in God and His promises, using Abraham as a key example. The emphasis of Abraham’s faith was not in his works of moral goodness, nor in his ability to follow God’s laws. The emphasis of Abraham’s faith in God’s promises was completely dependent on God’s grace. The english term closest to the term “God’s grace” could be “God’s covenantal love.”
Abraham hoped against hope (God’s promise was for Abraham’s offspring, but he was nearly 100 years old and his wife was barren - no logical, reasonable evidence that God’s promise will ever come to pass!) and believed God gives life to the dead (God tested Abraham to sacrifice his one and only Son!) and is The Creator of all. No unbelief made him waver, and his faith grew stronger (means he may even have harbored doubt at times, but chose to let it go!).
This faith of Abraham was “counted to him as righteousness”, divinely approved, what was deemed right in God’s eyes. And if we hold on to the same features of Abraham’s faith, it will be counted to us as righteousness also, who believe that God gave His One and Only Son for our sins, and raised Jesus, our Lord for our justification.