I. Perceives the Gospel Verses 1-2 Hebrews 11:1
A. Only by faith can we understand the Gospel.II. Receives the Spirit Verses 2-5
B. Human reasoning cannot bring the Gospel to light.
C. Faith is the work of the Holy Spirit who brings us to life and illuminates the preaching of the Gospel.
A. Human abilities cannot impress the Spirit.III. Justifies the Believer Verses 6-11
B. The Law could not produce the Spirit. (The new man)
1. If the Law could produce this, then why the suffering?
2. If the Law could produce this, then why Christ?
C. The Law could not produce the miracles that they had witnessed.
A. Abraham was justified by faith.IV. Excludes the Law Verses 2, 3, 5, 10-12
1. The Law came over four hundred years later.
2. The Gospel was preached to Abraham before circumcision. Romans 4:9-11
B. Those who have faith are the children of Abraham.
C. The children of Abraham receive the promised blessing.
A. Faith is the anti-work. Romans 4:16V. Faith in Christ Alone Verses 13-14
B. The Law holds up a standard of righteousness.
C. The Law does not produce righteousness.
D. The Law brings the curse, not the blessing.
A. The just shall live by faith.Conclusion: Man cannot save himself. Man in the very best of conditions, the Garden of Eden, plunged humanity under a curse. Christ traded His righteousness for our curse. By faith in Him we are united with Him, not only in His death and resurrection. We are united to Him in His ascension and seated together with Him in heavenly places.
B. The just shall live by faith.
C. The just shall live by faith.
D. Christ our curse. II Corinthians 5:21
1. The curse of the Law.
2. The curse of the fall.
E. Christ our blessing.
1. The promise of Abraham.
a. He is the heir of the blessing.
b. He is the fulfillment of that blessing.
2. The Promised Spirit. Acts 2:17
3. The promise of life.