The story of Abraham is written not for his sake alone, that through faith he was accepted and approved of God. It was for us too that if we also believe in Jesus in the same way we will also be accepted of Him.
“So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who believe and are saved without obeying Jewish laws. We see, then, that those who do not keep these rules are justified by God through faith. And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those Jews who have been circumcised. They can see from his example that it is not this ceremony that saves them, for Abraham found favor with God by faith alone before he was circumcised.” Romans 4:11-12
God promised to bless Abraham if he believed, and because he believed or had faith, God declared him just and good in his sight.
Steps Abraham took to believe;
It’s not really that he obeyed but he trusted God to keep his promise.
He believed, Rom 4:17
- God will accept all people in every nation who trust Him as Abraham did.
He hoped, even though the promise couldn’t just come to pass!
- against hope he believed in hope, according to that which was spoken, Rom 4:18
It was only a matter of faith
God’s blessings are given to us by faith alone, as a free gift, not works
- it is of faith, that it might be by grace, Rom 4:16
He was strong in faith
- being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, Rom 4:19
When you’ve faith you’ll not have to worry about anything.
Abraham never doubted
- He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; Romans 4:20
- being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform, Romans 4:21
You’ve got to be completely sure that God is well able to do anything he promised. “But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6