The book of Romans Ch. 4 with J. Vernon McGee.  I cut my teeth as a babe in Christ with Thru The Bible Radio. Dr. McGee takes us into the heart of faith!  Works vs. Faith.  Today’s world religions & cults are ALL WORKS driven.  What a blessing we have in Christ Jesus!


Romans Ch. 4 Bible Study

v. 1 What did Abraham discover?

v. 2 Abraham didn’t trust in his works to save him (Romans 7:18).

v. 3 God imputes righteousness to us when we believe Him.

v. 4-5 If we try to approach God on the basis of our works, we nullify His grace. When we have a right relationship with God, our natural response that flows from our hearts is to do anything He wants us to. Our works are thus motivated by love (2 Corinthians 5:14).

Romans Chapter 4 Expositional Commentary & Notes

v. 7 “Blessed” means “Oh, how happy!”

v. 9-11 God considered Abraham righteous before he had ever been circumcised.

v. 13-14 Abraham was accounted righteous before the law was ever given

v. 15 There is no way to break a law before it exists.

v. 16 Our salvation is not variable, i.e., dependent on our works, but is as sure as God’s promise to us.

v. 17 God talked about Abraham’s son as if Isaac existed before he was even conceived.

v. 18-21 The four keys to Abraham’s faith:

(1) Abraham ignored the human possibilities and trusted God to keep His promises (Isaiah 55:8, 9).

(2) Abraham did not stagger at the promises of God (Philippians 4:19).

(3) Abraham praised God before the evidence was there

(4) Abraham believed God was able to do what He had said He would (Isaiah 40:15 , Ephesians 3:20). – Chuck Smith Outline Notes



For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3

OUTLINE (in brief): From TTB
1. Salutation 1:1-17
2. Sin 1:18 — 3:20
3. Salvation 3:21 — 5:11
4. Sanctification 5:12 — 6:23
5. Struggle 7
6. Spirit-filled living 8:1-27
7. Security 8:28-39
8. Segregation 9 — 11
9. Sacrifice & service 12, 13
10. Separation 14, 15
11. Salutation 16
I. Doctrinal, “Faith,” Chapters 1 — 8
A. Justification of the sinner, Chapters 1:1 — 5:11
1. Introduction, 1:1-17
a. Paul’s personal greeting, 1:1-7
b. Paul’s personal purpose, 1:8-13
c. Paul’s three “I am’s,” 1:14-17
Key verses 16, 17 — the revelation of the righteousness of
2. Revelation of the sin of man, 1:18 — 3:20
This is “Sinnerama.” Universal fact: Man is a sinner.
The ecumenical movement is away from God. Axiom:
The World is guilty before God — all need righteousness.
a. Revelation of the wrath of God against sin of man,
1) The natural revelation of God (original version),
vv. 18-20
2) The subnatural response of man (reversion), vv. 21-
3) Unnatural retrogression of man (perversion),
vv. 4-27
4) Supernatural requital of God (inversion), vv. 28-

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