Romans 4:16 Father of us all: Only those who have the faith of Abraham are the spiritual seed of Abraham, whether Jew or Gentile.
Romans 4:17–22 There are five essential characteristics of faith.
(1) Faith must have a valid content. Paul quotes Genesis 17:5; the content of Abraham’s faith was valid because that content was the revelation of God (verse 17a).
(2) Faith must have a valid object. The object of Abraham’s faith was God, the giver of the revelation (verse 17b).
(3) Faith is contrary to hope and yet rests upon hope. This is a hope in which there is no element of uncertainty (verse 18a).
(4) Faith has a purpose. The purpose of Abraham’s faith was that he might become the father of many nations, realizing the promises given him in the Abrahamic covenant (compare Genesis 12:1–3; verse 18b).
(5) Faith produces works. Abraham’s faith conditioned the way he lived. He staggered not at (did not doubt) God’s promises.
Journal Prompt: How does this change your views on the Faith?
Drawn from The King James Study Bible, Full Color Edition published by Thomas Nelson Bibles https://www.amazon.com/thomasnelsonstudybibles