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About-Him.Com Devotional 10-27-2012

Abraham Believed God

Romans 4:3  For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  

God called our father Abraham to leave his father’s house and come out of a pagan and idolatrous society. He was to travel to an unknown land, which the Lord would show him as time went by. God promised to bless him and make his name great (Ge. 12:1-2).  Abraham believed God and began his journey.  

God promised Abraham an heir, even though he was old and past the age of reproducing. God, who calls things which are not as though they are, said that He had already made Abraham a father of many nations. Abraham  was fully persuaded that God was able to perform that which He had promised. He didn't stagger at the promises of God. He believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness (Ro. 4:17-22).  

Later, after Isaac was born, God commanded Abraham to offer Isaac on the altar of sacrifice. Once again, Abraham obeyed. When questioned by Isaac as to why they were not carrying a sacrifice, Abraham replied that God would provide Himself a lamb for the sacrifice (Ge. 22:8). Abraham knew who the sacrifice would be. Jesus said that Abraham had seen His day and rejoiced (Jn. 8:56). He saw Calvary and the day of redemption. He believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness.  

John Phillips stated in his book Exploring Romans that Abraham did the only thing a person can do without doing anything - he believed God. Obviously Abraham was an upstanding individual of good moral character, but this didn’t earn him salvation in the sight of God. I’m sure that he had done many good works, but this didn’t matter. The thing that did matter was that he believed God.  

Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.  

You and I are in a similar circumstance as Abraham. The gospel called us out of a pagan and sinful society when we were  sinners condemned to die. However God in His mercy offered us a chance to live.  

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  

Romans 3:26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

God is just, He is Holy, He is sinless, He is perfect and He has given us the privilege of being partakers of His divine nature (2 Pe. 1:4).  He took us just as we were when we believed the gospel and called out for forgiveness. He covered our sins and promised to remember them no more. Moreover, He gives us victory over our sin.  

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

The only condition is that we believe on Jesus.  We believed when we first heard the gospel, we believed when we repented and obeyed the word in water baptism (Ac. 2:38) and we believed Him as He filled us with His Spirit (Ac. 1:8). We will continue believing until the day that we leave this world, either by death or being caught up to meet Him in the clouds of heaven.  

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

Friend, if you are struggling with sin and  wondering if you are good enough to be saved?  You’re not.  We were  sinners, doomed for eternal punishment. However, God has made a way of escape. Jesus shed His perfect blood to give us an atonement for sin. That means that we are set AT ONE with God. Jesus stood in our place and paid the one and only requirement for  our salvation (propitiation - Ro. 3:25). He gave His perfect blood. If we believe His promises, He will be with us and enable us for the rest of our journey.  

It’s not about our goodness, or our works. It’s all about His grace (Eph. 2:8).

Somebody Has Said
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. - C. S. Lewis

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