(1-12) Abraham Justified by Faith
We all can claim Abraham as our “father” of faith, and Jesus the Christ is often called the “son” of David. Neither of them, however, were justified by works. And neither was Abraham justified by circumcision. Both Abraham and David believed God and their faith was counted to them as righteousness. It is through this faith that Christ forgave their lawless deeds and covered their sin. Whether we are circumcised (Jews) or uncircumcised (Gentiles), if we walk in the footsteps of the faith of our father Abraham, we too will experience the justification of Christ.
(13-25) The Promise Realized Through Faith
God told Abraham that he would make him into the father of many nations. Despite being almost one hundred years old and despite having a wife whose womb was barren, Abraham did not waver in faith at the promise God made him. Humanly speaking, the promise was impossible. But Abraham, believed in hope against hope, and had full confidence that the God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence things that do not yet exist, was able to do what He said He would do. There were times when it did not look like the promise would be fulfilled, but these dim times only strengthened Abraham’s faith in God and in the promise of God.
This incident was not only written for Abraham’s sake, but for our sakes as well. If we have faith in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, our faith will also be counted to us as righteousness.
Favorite verse: (21) Fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.