As If

“As If!” In my best valley girl voice

Romans 4:13-25

13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be [a]sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did– The dead are not dead to God, and things which be not, are to God alive—The seed of Abraham did not yet exist, nevertheless God said, So shall thy seed be. The multiplication of the seed presupposes the previous existence of the seed. God says to the light, whilst it is not in existence, just as if it already were, Come forth, come into existence. 

Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

This phrase expresses the transitions from non-existence to existence by God’s calling it forth.

Ezekiel 36:29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.

There is a false theology out there that says that we can speak things into existence and we will get what we speak. EX: lady at church I attended while Matt was in Egypt. I do not believe this. We are NOT God, but we are to have a firm faith in the Almighty and Eternal God who speaks things into existence. Our faith is in Him and His Word- not what we want Him to do for us. He is an awesome and mighty God. He is the Creator of all things and He holds the world in its existence by His Word. How can we not trust such a One as He? When HE speaks something, it is AS IF it has already transpired. It is sure

His promises are AS IF they have already happened in our lives because of who HE is and they are sure to those who are unwavering and fully convinced. Because God speaks and it is, we can know:

#1 The promise of God is sure. 16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be [a]sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us

the Apostle means two different things by the ‘yea’ and the ‘amen’ . The one is God’s voice, the other is man’s. The one has to do with the certainty of the divine revelation, the other has to do with the certitude of our faith in the revelation. When God speaks in Christ, He confirms everything that He has said before, and when we listen to God speaking in Christ, our lips are, through Christ, opened to utter our assenting ‘Amen’ to His great promises.  As if it has already been done.  It is because Christ is the consummation, the “Yes” of the Divine promises, that the “Amen” is specially fitting. So, then, we have the double form of our Lord’s work, covering the whole ground of His relations to man, set forth in these two clauses, in the one of which God’s confirmation of His past revelations by Jesus Christ is treated of, and in the other of which the full and confident assent which men may give to that revelation is set before us. 

Therefore the promises of God in and through Christ to us are sure, as surely as the sun will rise, God will do what HE said He would do. It does not matter if you believe the sun will rise or not, it will rise. God’s promises are sure. They cannot be altered or changed.

The Greek word for “sure” means “basality”-  relating to, situated at, or forming the base.  2a : of or relating to the foundation, base, or essence : fundamental. b : of, relating to, or being essential for maintaining the fundamental vital activities of an organism

Basal temp- your body’s temp at complete rest. It is the foundational temp of your body by which you are able to regulate if you have a fever, sick, ovulating, etc. When your basal temp rises or falls, you know something is going on in the body

God’s promises in Christ are the foundation from which we may gauge everything else on. We may know if our mind is out of shape or our heart is sickened by how we respond to the promises of God in Christ. 

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

This is a SURE promise of God in Christ. Are all my NEEDS met? Am I clothed? Do I have shelter? Am I fed? If one of my needs is not being met, my basal temp is off. Then you have to ask yourself: Am I in Christ? If yes, then I am not trusting God for this promise. If I am not in Christ, make an adjustment.  If all my needs are met, I can say, “Amen”. Move on to the next promise and remember these promises are spoken AS IF they have already transpired.

Isaiah 43:2 ESV When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

God speaks this AS IF it has already happened. He speaks from non-existence into existence

James 1:5 ESV If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Are you weak and weary? Then you are not trusting in this promise. It is as if He has already done it

John 8:36 ESV So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Luke 18:27 ESV But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

All these promises are sure, they are as if they have already transpired. IF you are not walking in freedom from sin and fear; then WHY? If you feel alone, then WHY? If you are unwise, then WHY? I will tell you, you are either NOT in Christ or you are in unbelief about what God says to you. Which brings us to my next point:

#2 Unwavering- . 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

This word in the Greek is “stagger” to separate, withdraw, oppose or hesitate, differ or be partial

Therefore is means to come into complete alignment with God’s Word. There is no partiality in me. I do not waver, do not hesitate, do not differ or oppose His Word. I honestly believe a lot of people do not receive from God because they stagger at His Word. They do not really believe they can walk in freedom from mindsets and a broken heart. They do not really believe they are forgiven and therefore allow guilt and condemnation to attack them They do not really believe that God can furnish a table even in the wilderness. 

Unbelief is a great sin in God’s eyes. You are telling Him not only that you think He will not do what HE said HE would do, but that He cannot do what He said HE would do. Think on that. Israel was condemned for their unbelief in God’s Word and His ability to do what He said HE would do

Psalm 78:19-22  Yes, they spoke against God: They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?” 21 Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious;
So a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel, 22 Because they did not believe in God, And did not trust in His salvation.

Folks, this has nothing even to do with the law. God has always wanted and expected for His people to trust His Word.

1 Corinthians 10:6-11

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us [a]tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now [b]all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our [c]admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

Israel’s experience in Egypt and in the wilderness is an object lesson that God desires us to reflect on frequently. Once freed from their slavery to Egypt, it took the Israelites but seven days to cross the Red Sea, breaking completely clear of Egyptian control. In dramatic contrast, it took them forty years to walk the remaining few hundred miles! During this trek, every man of war numbered in the first census after leaving Egypt—with the exception of Joshua and Caleb—died without reaching the Promised Land. Will we allow ourselves to match this miserable record by failing to maintain our liberty?What a costly expedition! What was the cause of their failure?
Hebrews 3:16-19 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Romans 11:20-2120 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.

Hebrews 10:23 ESV Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

#3 Fully convinced- 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 

Unbelief is not believing that God is able, being fully convinced is knowing God will.

Convinced means to be fully persuaded, to carry out fully in evidence, make full proof of; used here:

Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind — That a thing is lawful before he does it, so he may not knowingly offend God. To be fully persuaded (have a course or path) in his own mind, as a boat may hold on its course uninjured either in a narrow canal or in a spacious lake.

If I am fully convinced- I will act as if I believe that God Word is sure. I will speak as if I believe that God will do what HE said He would do. This has to do with our obedience in our actions and words. 

I am fully convinced I am redeemed and that I have been made a child of God. Can we please stop being double minded and wishy washy, fearful children tossed about with every wave of affliction and persecution that comes our way?

Because I am His obedient child, I live under His divine protection. I am fully convinced that God will see me through every hour and day of my life. If I go through the fire, Jesus will be in the furnace with me. His Word to me is sure and He will faithfully see me home. I will not fear because He holds my days and times in His hands. I will not die one hour before my time. No man can snatch me out of His hands. I will not fear what man can do to me. He is the strength of my life! I have been healed, sealed, delivered and redeemed from sin and death. I will walk in freedom and victory because I seek His precepts. I am a new creation, my past in under the blood of the Lamb. I am free from all guilt and condemnation. I can do all things He gives me to do. I will run and not grow weary. I will walk and not faint because I wait on the Lord. When I am weak, then am I strong.

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