I love Romans. It has the unique distinction of being both complex and simple. If one drills down through its complexity, the simplicity can be realized. Romans four is one example. The very last verse states, “Jesus was handed over to be crucified for the forgiveness of sins and raised back to life to prove that he made us right with God!” (TPT) It’s that simple.
We cannot be punished for violations of rules that were nailed to a cross (vs. 15). We cannot work for a higher level of righteousness when we’ve been given the highest level of right standing with God there is. We cannot incrementally lose what has been completely and freely given.
Then where’s the complexity? Faith. When earning any aspect of the promises of God becomes a part of our thinking, faith loses its power. Abraham believed (key word) the promise and expected (key word) God to fulfill it. He took God at his word. He never stopped believing God’s promise. We cannot fulfill promises that God has given us.
Like Abraham, we can stay the course; walk where he leads. Keep it simple. Keep believing and never give up. He said he would bring his promises to pass.