Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 56/260: Read Romans 4

A misunderstanding of this chapter has led to the false doctrine of salvation by “faith only.” Burt Coffman properly explained Romans 4:4 this way: “This verse is a simple statement of the truth that if one’s hope of salvation is based upon his having kept the law of Moses perfectly, then such a person could claim that God owed him salvation; and it would not by the virtue of God’s grace at all in such an event.”

To be sure, there is not a thing “only” that saves us. Not faith, not grace, not obedience. Many things, however, work together to bring about the salvation of man.

Man is saved by:

    → Belief (John 3:16)
    → Hope (Romans 8:24)
    → Grace (Ephesians 2:8)
    → Mercy (Titus 3:5)
    → The Word (James 1:21)
    → Obedience (Hebrews 5:9)
    → Baptism (1 Peter 3:21)
    → Faithfulness (Revelation 2:10)

Don’t be deceived by those who claim any one thing is all you need. Search the Scriptures and see how God ties everything together for your salvation.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Romans 6:3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?


Pray a prayer of praise for God’s saving power.

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