Good vs Evil – The Abraham Connection

Last time we said – There is a key in Romans 4 and the key is the word “seed”.  To understand the real “Christian” life, you need to study the word “seed” in the New Testament.

When believers look at the word seed, they know it can mean the word of God but it is also tied to harvests and inheritance, in scripture.

Abraham was not under the law. Actually, Abraham lived before the law was ever given. New Testament believers are connected to Abraham because New Testament believers are saved by grace through faith. Many times in the New Testament Abraham is given as our example. Abraham was made of dirt from the earth, flesh,  and Abraham had a relationship with God.

If we could look at any one from scripture, other than the Godhead  (Father, Son, Holy Ghost), and compare our spiritual life to them, it would be Abraham. Abraham would be our example and that is what Paul explains in the book of Romans and in other areas.

Understanding good vs evil in our present world, as believers, we need to look at how Abraham lived. Paul explains this in detail. Peter and John bring up the promises God made to Abraham and to Moses and the prophets in Acts 3:25 – 26. Peter and John were speaking to Jews in Jerusalem.  Paul includes all believers, Jews and Gentiles in the covenant God made to Abraham (not the promises to Moses and the prophets)  only the covenant to Abraham in Romans 4 and identifies them as seed.

If you can get a handle on how Abraham operated in his world with the promises of God and apply the same principles you can see a change in your life and the power of God work. You can over come evil with good. So here we go.

In Romans 4 Paul says the promise that Abraham should be heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Romans 4:13-16 KJV  “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
[14] For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
[15] Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
[16] Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,”

HOW?

Romans 4:17 KJV  “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and called those things which be not as though they were.”

That is exactly what Jesus did when Satan tempted him in the wilderness in Matthew 4 and Luke 4, Jesus said, It is written and then Jesus quoted scripture. What happened? Satan tried three different times to get Jesus off course, to get Jesus to sin, to get Jesus to forfeit his destiny. But Jesus kept saying – It is written and quoted scripture and eventually Satan gave up and quit on Jesus temporarily.

Abraham believed God’s word. He believed the promises God made him. Do you? Do you know what the promises are God has made to the church? To you?  If you know the promises, do you believe them? Abraham believed God’s word, his promises, even though Abraham did not physically see with his eyes the promises coming to fruition. Why?

Romans 4:18-21 KJV. “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
[19] And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
[20] He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
[21] And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”

So let’s review. God calls Abraham in Genesis 12 and God makes some promises to Abraham, Genesis 12:2,3. [ God calls us unto salvation and makes promises to us] So Abraham believes God and does as God instructs him.

Then Abraham goes through some trials and tribulations of life and makes some wrong decisions. Abraham goes to Egypt, lies about his wife Sarai to Pharaoh, has strife with his nephew’s people so Abraham’s people and Lot’s people separate. Then the Lord makes Abraham more promises in Genesis 13:14. Notice all the promises from God did not come all at once? This is a key.

Then Lot is captured by enemies and Abraham and his people arm themselves  and they go get Lot out of captivity, Genesis 14.

Then we read of Melchizedek and how Abraham tithes to him before any laws of tithing were given. Abraham makes a decision to tithe to him. And notice right after that, in Genesis 15 – the word of the Lord comes to Abraham in a vision and Abraham asks the Lord about a seed, an heir Genesis 15:1 – 6.

God promises Abraham not only a son but God takes Abraham, moves Abraham, abroad in verse 5. Abraham’s body, his flesh was physically in one spot and God carries Abraham to a different spot. This will mess with some denominational teachings. And Abraham chose to believe God, verse 6, and God counted Abraham’s faith or belief in God’s words spoken to him,  God counted it to Abraham for righteousness.

Then notice in Genesis 15:12 a deep sleep comes on Abraham and notice future events are told to Abraham. And God shows Abraham the boundaries of the future land of Israel, Genesis 15:12-21.  And we will pick it up from here next time, Lord willing. We will look at how Paul explains these events with Abraham and ties them into our walk with the Lord. Until next time

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