Faith of Abraham
From the beginning, faith has been the God required response that delivers salvation as we see in Ephesians 2:8-9. The Abrahamic covenant in Genesis 12: 1-3 communicates that all the nations, both Jew and Gentile, are justified for the same reason that Abraham was justified and blessed: their faith. In the Old Testament, Abel, Noah, and Moses were justified by faith even though he didn't enjoy the same amount of revelation that we have today. They, like Abraham, believed God and it was counted toward them as righteousness just as the others in Hebrews 11.
In verses 10-12, Paul points out that salvation by works and salvation by faith are mutually exclusive propositions. The one who tries to live by the law in order find salvation will have to live by it perfectly and one can achieve that standard. But the law is not without purpose. The law of the Old Testamant shows us the healthy boundaries that God has for his people and reveals His character but no one is capable of perfection in keeping the law. Without the faith like that of Abraham, salvation is impossible.
This week's posts were written by Myles and Gabe Chatham.