Abraham Believes the Lord

It is a possibility that Abram’s vision of the stars and the dust of the earth represent the heavenly seed as well as the earthly seed. The dust of the earth could be a picture of the earthly seed of Abraham, the Jewish people, and the vision of the stars of the sky represented the heavenly seed, those who were born again of the Holy Spirit, the church of the Living God. In this sense, we see an earthly and a heavenly seed. God often speaks to us in a natural and spiritual sense, as He calls out a spiritual truth and illustrates a truth, which is mirrored in a natural way.

Something happens within Abram’s heart when he sees the awesome vision of the stars of the sky. He is told that his offspring would be like the stars in number. Notice Abram’s response: “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness” (Verse 6). This was before circumcision, and more than four hundred years before the Law and the Ten Commandments were given. The Lord sees that inside Abram’s heart, there is a deep-seated trust and inner rest of belief that had come to him. On account of his faith, the Lord imparted to Abram the gift of righteousness—it was credited to his spiritual bank account. W.H. Griffith Thomas, in his commentary on Genesis, writes:

“The original Hebrew for ‘believed’ comes from a root whence we derive our ‘Amen,’ and we might paraphrase it by saying that ‘Abraham said Amen to the Lord.’ ‘Amen’ in Scripture never means a petition (‘May it be so’), but is always a strong assertion of faith (‘It shall be so,’ or ‘It is so’).[1]

This is how God still operates today in the world we live in. When we hear the gospel of the finished work of Christ in paying our debt of sin upon the cross, and we believe in our heart that God raised Christ from the dead, the gift of righteousness is credited to our spiritual bank account. No longer do we work at trying to please God by empty works, but we rest our souls on the finished work of God at the cross. The gospel (the good news) is that Christ has completely restored relationship between God and man through His substitutionary work in dying for us and as us on the cross. If you will place your life into His hands and simply believe (trust), just as Abram did, then you too will have credited to your spiritual bank account the righteousness of God. God gives us faith to reach out to Him and receive the gift of eternal life in Christ.

There is a gift of righteousness from God that is given to Abram upon his trust and belief in God’s Word to his heart. This righteousness comes as a gift apart from anything Abram or we can do to earn it. It is given to us apart from any obedience to a set of laws.

20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (Romans 3:20-22).

There is nothing that you can do to earn this gift, otherwise it would not be a gift! A gift is so easy to receive—God has made it so. It is man’s way to try to complicate things. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17). Go to your Father today and ask Him for the gift of righteousness. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and what He accomplished for you on the cross and you shall receive the gift of eternal life.  If you have not yet prayed this prayer, do not put it off. Do it today! Keith Thomas.

[1] W.H. Griffith Thomas, Genesis (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1946) p. 138.

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