ROMANS 4:13, 16-21
Two millennia after God called Abram, the apostle Paul reflected on Abraham’s success:
ROMANS 4:13, 16-21
For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith (emphasis added).
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 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”
And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Some six centuries before the law was introduced, God called Abraham and promised him a land, a nation and a name of great renown (Gen. 12:1-3). Called by God on the basis of His grace, Abraham obeyed.
He had an unflinching faith in the veracity of God’s promise. So convinced that the obstacles of Sarah’s barrenness and his own advanced aged could not hinder God from keeping His promises, Abraham believed God and lived to see the promise of a son fulfilled. Abraham was not only a testimony of God’s grace, but also an exceptional example of authentic faith.
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Abram shares God’s promises with Sarai, circa. 1896-1902. By James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902) [PD-Art], via Wikimedia Commons- Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV.