The following is the eleventh weekâ€™s lesson.Â Abraham is our pattern; he believed in God, who raises the dead.
Romans 4:13Â For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14Â For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15Â For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
16Â That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspringâ€”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, 17Â as it is written, â€œI have made you the father of many nationsâ€â€”in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18Â In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, â€œSo shall your offspring be.â€ 19Â He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarahâ€™s womb. 20Â No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21Â fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22Â That is why his faith was â€œcounted to him as righteousness.â€ 23Â But the words â€œit was counted to himâ€ were not written for his sake alone, 24Â but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25Â who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.