Living by Faith

So far this week in Genesis 12:1-3, we have learned that Abraham was blessed by God to be a blessing to the nations.  God’s universal intent now is to be manifest through an individual and the people who come from that individual.

Did you ever consider how much God desires to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others?  Paul the apostle echoes this idea in the New Testament in Romans 4:13 where he identifies Abraham as the “heir of the world.”

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. ( Romans 4:13)

To Abraham and his offspring was given the promise that he would be “heir of the world.” This promise was not given to Abraham in the context of obedience to law. It had its roots in faith. It rested on the “faith-righteousness” (Montgomery) of the patriarch.

God’s promise in Genesis 12:1–3 preceded the giving of the Law by several centuries (cf. Gal. 3:17). Being “heir of the world” probably refers to “all peoples on earth” These promises of blessing are given to those to whom God has imputed righteousness, and this, Paul added once again, is by faith. Believers of all ages are “Abraham’s seed,” for they enjoy the same spiritual blessing (justification) which he enjoyed (Gal. 3:29).

As we live by faith in the Son of God, we discover that we are indeed Abraham’s seed.  This is good news for the world who is not yet in relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ.  It means that the same way Abraham got in (by grace through faith) is the same way anybody in our sphere of influence can get in as we live our lives by faith.  Let’s live our day and our lives by faith and see what God will do!

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