In my last post we saw that Abraham is our father in the faith. His blessing is passed down to us because of the work of Christ on the cross. We receive this promise by the same faith that brings our righteousness.
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring — not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed — the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
This is a beautiful portion of Scripture. Because of his faith, God sees Abraham as the father of all those who walked this path after him. If I walk in that same faith towards the Lord, I become a part of Abraham’s family.
God said that He would make Abraham the father of many nations. I believe that God was not only talking about his life in the physical.
As it was, three different Middle Eastern nations came from his line. They were the Israelites, Ishmaelites, and the Edomites. In my way of thinking, if God promises many nations, than it would mean more than just three.
On the contrary, there are many nations that have become his children. He is now the father of the faithful Americans, Italians, Jamaicans, Koreans, Navahos, Russians, and any other national group you can think of.
I personally praise God for this. I wasn’t born into the physical family of Abraham. But, by trusting Christ to save me, I have been adopted into his lineage with all the promises and blessings that accompany it.
The last line of this passage gives two descriptions of the God we serve. The first is that this is the God who gives life to the dead. This literally means that He can take a corpse and make it alive.
You may think that everything around you is dead. Your dreams, desires, and hopes may have slowly died off because of circumstances beyond your control. But the God we serve is well able to bring them to life again.
This verse also says that the Lord is the God who calls things that are not as though they were. This is a calling out of creative power.
Unfortunately, many times we get it backwards. It does not say that He calls things that are as though they were not. That’s denial. Scripture never tells us to deny that our problems exist.
It’s absolutely proper for me to admit that I’m sick. In the same breath I can also declare that Christ is my Healer.
We don’t deny what’s happening. If I was never sick, how could Jesus Christ get the glory for my healing?
Because of faith, we’re the children of Abraham. We inherit the same blessing that was given to him. We need to start living up to it and walking in it.
It’s this promise and blessing that will cause the world to look at us differently. They’ll want what we have. Then, they’ll be attracted to Jesus Christ by our testimony.
Question: How would walking in this blessing change the way others view us?
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