Bible: Romans 4:13-17

4:13 For the promise 1  to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 4:14 For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. 2  4:15 For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression 3  either. 4:16 For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, 4  with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, 5  who is the father of us all 4:17 (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations). 6  He is our father 7  in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who 8  makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. 9 

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