Abraham - the Father of Isaac & All Who BelieveVolume 1, Number 11
Created Date: May 10, 2004
Posted Date: May 10, 2004
Vol 1 - No 11, May 10, 2004
The Word of God to Abraham, the father of all that believe-- Part Five:
The promised son.Immediately after making the covenant of circumcision God promised Abraham a son born to Sarah and that she would be the mother of nations and kings - . Abraham's reaction to this news was joy - "Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?" - . It was after this that, in obedience to God’s Word by faith, Abraham and all the males in his household were circumcised - . Isaac’s conception and birth then follow in . The fact that Isaac was conceived after Abraham had been circumcised was a sign indicating this was the work of God and not the work of the flesh.
The Apostle Paul, teaching that justification before God is by faith, writes inabout Abraham “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.”
The promise God made to Abraham of blessing to the entire earth through Isaac was in fact the promise of the coming Jesus Christ. This is evidenced in the New Testament. First, when Jesus reasoned with the Jews and said “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” -. What the Jews did not understand was that Abraham saw the fact of the coming of Jesus Christ by faith. “Now faith is the substance (or title deed) of things hoped for, the evidence (or the proof) of things not seen.” - . The proof that Abraham had which made him rejoice to see the day of Jesus Christ was his faith in God’s Word.
Then, in Galations 3:14 - 16 the Apostle Paul further explains “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”
The writer of the book of Hebrews describes the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and His relationship to Abraham: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.” -.
Abraham was chosen by God to be the father of all who believe, whether circumcised or uncircumcised, as we learn from Paul: “Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.” -
Abraham and Sarah bear witness to the fact that the only thing any person can do to please God and be righteous before Him is to believe, which is, to have faith in His Word. This is demonstrated by the fact that it was not by their own power and ability, but it was by God’s grace and power that Isaac was conceived and born.
In I Corinthians 1:27 Paul writes “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” It is foolish in man’s eyes to think that Abraham and Sarah could have a child because they were weak and Sarah was far past childbearing age when Isaac was conceived. It is just as foolish to the world to think that the savior of the world would come from their seed, born of a young virgin in a lowly manger.