For e the promise to Abraham and his offspring f that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
g For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
For h the law brings wrath, but i where there is no law j there is no transgression.
That is why it depends on faith,
k in order that the promise may rest on grace and l be guaranteed to all his offspring—
not only to the adherent of the law
but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, m who is the father of us all,
as it is written, n “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, o who gives life to the dead and calls into existence p the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, q “So shall your offspring be.”
He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was r as good as dead ( s since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered t the barrenness 1 of Sarah’s womb.
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God,
but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that u God was able to do what he had promised.
That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
But v the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone,
but for ours also.
It will be counted to us w who believe in x him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, y who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised z for our justification.
it=the offspring of Abraham=Christ But can it only be limited to Christ since it refers to "all his offspring"?
offspring is singular. It is not the Jews. It is Christ.
Hope Against Hope Big Idea: The essential nature of hope is the trust that God will be faithful to his promises. 1. Hope and faith (17-21) 2. We are justified by faith (22) 3. Our hope in Christ (23-25)
Hope for the future or fulfillment of a future promise is indistinguishable from faith.