God’s Words Immortal
Study of the Word “God’s
Passage 3 Lesson 2
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
forever and ever.
“LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE”
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Lesson 1 introduced Abraham and God’s faithful, yet prolonged deliverance on his promise to give Abraham a son; and through that son so many descendants that they would match the number of stars in the sky or grains of sand on the seashore.
The keywords to be considered in this lesson are God’s unfailing love, especially as they apply to God’s covenant wit Abraham
What evidence is there that this promise has been kept?
It is recorded in Micah 7: 18-20 in 750 to 686 B.C., some 1,416 t0 1,480 years later that God is still looked upon as the stabilizing and Gracious God Israel serves and has served, (poorly in many cases), since the days of Abraham and their forefathers.
…Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
You will again have mercy on us; (Judah the southern kingdom and Israel the northern kingdom of Israel) you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depth of the Sea.
You will be true to Jacob and show mercy to Abraham as you pledged on oath to our fathers long ago…
Another reference to God’s keeping of his promise to Abraham is recorded approximately 750 to 830 years after Micah’s declaration above. This reference is found in the proclamation or prophecy of Zechariah the priest and father of John the Baptist.
67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69 He has raised up a horn[d] of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And at approximately the same time Apostle Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles and Jews but primarily Gentiles begins; resulting in the teaching of the Gospel message of salvation; through faith in the cleansing blood of the crucified Christ; the son of God who died; rose on the third day; after defeating death and the devil; and ascended to his heavenly throne on the right side of God his father to await the command to come back to earth and rapture the trusting Christian Church of saints Jews and Gentiles to their eternal home.
Paul’s reference to Abraham in Romans chapter four explains the birth of the Christian church in vivid detail. The entire chapter is presented below. (I strongly recommend starting at chapter one of Romans and digesting all previous and subsequent chapters of Romans, especially if you are not a Christian or have only a slight understanding of the Bible. Let the Holy Spirit lead you.)
Abraham Justified by Faith
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a]
Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked,his faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
“Blessed are they
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man
whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”[b]
Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[c] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d]19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he then had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Romans 4:3 Gen. 15:6; also in verse 22
Romans 4:8 Psalm 32:1,2
Romans 4:17 Gen. 17:5
Romans 4:18 Gen. 15:5