Faith (Part 5) God's Covenant with Abram

Hebrews 11:8-12, Genesis 15:1-16, Romans 4:1-6, Galatians 3:6-9

Scripture tells us several times that 'Abram believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness'.  The concept is very clear.  Belief is what is necessary to be counted as righteous.  For us to be counted as righteous we must believe in salvation through Jesus Christ.

In Genesis 15:7-21 we see that after Abram questioned God about an heir God made a promise that his offspring would be as numerous as the stars.  God made this covenant with Abram through what we understand to be a tradition pattern using pattern with animals.  As night fell  three things stand out.  One was there was a dreadful great darkness.  Two there was a smoking fire pot, and three a flaming torch.  Some equate the darkness to that which God caused Adam to fall into when he removed a rib.  The smoking fire pot is thought to represent judgment and the flaming torch the light of the world, Christ.  We know that years later judgment did coming upon the sinful people when the children of Israel went in and took the promised land.  We also know that the light of the world, Jesus Christ, has come into the world.

Conclusion:  As Abram's righteousness was counted to him because of his faith in God, so our walk of faith can happen the same way.  Our righteousness is that looking of faith to the cross and what Christ accomplished that day there on the cross of Calvary.

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