The apostle Paul explains the practical implications of Abraham’s faith in his letter to the church of Galatia:
Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”
On several occasions Scripture underscores the fact that Abraham was justified on the basis of his faith some 430 years before the Law of Moses was ever given (Gal. 3:17). Keeping the Law did not save Abraham, but rather his faith in God.
God’s word was clearly articulated. Abraham’s chosen progeny would bring blessing to the nations (Gen. 12:3). God’s promise foretold the coming of Messiah who would make redemption available to the whole world. Today, all who put their faith in Messiah can like Abraham experience redemption through faith (Hab. 2:4b).
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Milky Way. By John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, 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.