Good vs Evil – The Abraham Connection Part 2

Last time we said –
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.

Paul explains Moses is the father of the law, living after the law. But Abraham is the father of living by faith. So if you choose to live under the law for righteousness, then you will be judged by the law, all 6000 or so laws in “the law”. Paul explains this in the book of Romans. But if you, like Abraham, chose to believe on Jesus Christ and what he “says” for your righteousness, and Paul taught, then you are Abraham’s seed, and you live by faith. So will it be Moses and the law for you or Abraham and faith? You get to choose.

Galatians 3:9 KJV  “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

Paul explains it this way –

Galatians 3:10-14 KJV  “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
[11] But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
[12] And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
[13] Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
[14] That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Why am I spending so much time explaining Abraham? Because if you look at from the time God called Abraham in Genesis 12 until the bodily death of Abraham in Genesis 25 God teaches us what living by faith is, how to live by faith and the key is what God says, another words, God’s word.

Paul explains in Romans 4 that Abraham based everything on God’s words. Promises God made to Abraham. And Abraham believed God and his promises so much, that Abraham was willing to offer up/kill his son Isaac  because the promises God made Abraham included Isaac being alive. You can read this in Genesis chapter 12 through chapter 22.

Notice when Isaac asked Abraham about the sacrifice?

Genesis 22:7-8 KJV  “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
[8] And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”

Question: At this time, had God provided the offering?
NO –
God started making promises to Abraham right after God called Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3. And in Genesis 12:7 God promises Abraham seed. Then God promises Abraham the land and the land to Abraham’s seed.

Then God promises Abraham a son, gender specific – a boy – and the son would not be from those in his house but from his own bowels. Who was Abraham married to? Sarah. Read the account in Genesis 15. Sarah and Abraham get impatient waiting for the promise of God to come to pass so they tie themselves to an Egyptian woman named Hagar, Genesis 16. Hagar had nothing to do with the promises of God to Abraham  or Abraham’s destiny. Hagar was in his house. How many times we get impatient waiting on God’s promises to us that we tie ourselves to people that have nothing to do with our destiny and nothing to do with the promises God made us.

Abraham was 86 years old when Ishmael was born. And when Abraham was 99 years old the Lord appears to Abraham and tells him the time to establish the covenant he made with Abraham has come, Genesis 17:1-8. God had made the promises a long time before this time. But now it was time to make it come to pass. So Isaac was born. Years go by and Isaac is a “lad”, a young child, not a baby. So when God tests Abraham in Genesis 22, Abraham has lots of experience with the Lord keeping his word, his promises.

So when Isaac asks Abraham, where is the offering, Abraham called things he could not see, as though they were.
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 calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

Abraham believed God’s words, promises, so Abraham called the things he could not see ( the offering to offer ) as though it were, Genesis 22:8-9 KJV
” And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
[9] And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.”

Why did Abraham raise the knife to offer Isaac? Because Abraham believed God and his word, his promises. He believed God’s word without seeing proof, without seeing an offering, without religious leaders trying to tell him he was imagining this. Abraham just believed God, spoke what God promised and lived calling God’s promises as though they were.

And how did God respond to Abraham? An angel calls from heaven, not once but twice, Genesis 22:11 and verse 15. 

Genesis 22:11 KJV “And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.”

Genesis 22:15 KJV  “And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,”

Supernatural intervention from heaven. Intervention from an area Abraham could not see, the third heaven.

Paul mentions we are the seed of Abraham, believers in Christ. Think about it. Jesus was on earth 2000 years ago. We  never saw Jesus physically, we didn’t walk with Jesus or the disciples. We base all of our faith on a book, God’s word and the promises of God’s word, just like Abraham did.

And even though Paul explains this and the seed of Abraham  in Romans, the seed is not fully explained until Galatians. And Paul elaborates on being an heir and heirs have inheritance.

Galatians 3:14-16 KJV  “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
[15] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
[16] Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

Notice Paul says the we might receive. Paul says Gentiles then says we. Paul was a Jew, not a Gentile. The context of we is believers who are in Christ.

Galatians 3:18 KJV  “For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.”

Galatians 3:24-25 KJV  “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
[25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

Galatians 3:28-29 KJV  “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
[29] And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Some will ask, what is our inheritance as believers in Christ? We will pick it up from here, Lord willing, next time. Until next time.

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