But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Romans 4:23-25
Believe, it is such a simple concept and yet so hard for most people to do. Yet our belief, our faith in God is all it takes for us to enter into a relationship with the God of the universe. Once we have taken that step then God puts the work of Jesus on the cross to our credit. Wiping away all our sins. Making us a new creation. Making us right with God.
Abraham had faith in what God was going to do in the future. Even though it was yet to happen and would unfold over the next two thousand plus years, Abraham had faith in God and it was counted to him as righteousness. For us, we do not have to look to the future to see what will happen. We only need to look to the past to see what has already happened. Abraham had to place his faith is what was yet to be. We place our faith in what has already happened. To both Abraham and us that faith is counted as righteousness. Abraham and the patriarchs looked forward to Jesus and His work on the cross, we look back to His work on the cross and both are justified.
How much more faith did Abraham have to have looking toward the cross? He was looking at a promise made but yet to be fulfilled on earth. Yet so many have no excuse for a lack of faith. The promise has been fulfilled. We look back on the completed work of the cross. We look back to the most reported on event in history and yet many refuse to believe.
Belief, such a simple concept. So simple that it confounds the wise.
Have a blessed day,
PS. I will be on vacation next week and have limited access, if any, to email. When I return we will look at the fifth chapter of Romans.