How Was Abraham Saved?

Summit Life with J.D. Greear | 5/20/2019 | Staff
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How Was Abraham Saved?

What is saving faith, and how do you know if you have it? Paul answers that question by looking at the life of one of the most important figures in the Bible: Abraham. Abraham is the most important father of the faith in the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims all point back to Abraham as an essential religious figure.

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How Was Abraham Saved?

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What is saving faith, and how do you know if you have it?

Paul answers that question by looking at the life of one of the most important figures in the Bible: Abraham. Abraham is the most important father of the faith in the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims all point back to Abraham as an essential religious figure.

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Paul says something about Abraham that many of the Jews of his day found scandalous: Abraham was justified by faith.

And if the father of our faith was justified by faith, Paul says, then we should be also.

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“What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? If Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.’”

That last line of that verse is a quote from Genesis 15:6, which tells us Abraham believed God’s promise that God would bring salvation to the world through one of Abraham’s sons. That belief was credited to him for righteousness.

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Paul goes on to show us the inner logic of faith: “Now to the one who works, pay is not credited as a gift, but as something owed” (Romans 4:4).

This is the premise behind every job: You perform a certain job, and then you are paid for it. When the boss pays you, he’s not giving you...
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