Romans 4:14-16

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 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.

of no effect — because nobody could keep the law

wrath — failure to keep the law brings on the wrath of God.

grace — there is no merit in faith. The promise, faith, and grace are contrasted with the law, works, and merit.

The promise will be given to the Jews, but by faith, not by the law.

Abraham is the father of all who take God at His Word.

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