BCL Grow: Believe — Genesis 15:6
Genesis 15:6 (Grace)
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And he [Abraham] believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. — Genesis 15:6
“None of the children of men are natural branches of the second Adam, that is, Jesus Christ, the true vine; they are the natural branches of the first Adam, that degenerate vine: but the elect are, all of them, sooner or later, broken off from their natural stock, and ingrafted into Christ, the true Vine.” — Thomas Boston, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, p. 195.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: No matter how godly any of us are in this life, we all fall short of keeping God’s law perfectly, including Abraham in the Old Testament.
2. Know: Abraham is praised for his faith in both the Old and New Testaments. Abraham believed God’s promise that that all the nations would be blessed through him (Gen. 15:6). The apostle Paul also points to this scripture verse about Abraham’s faith in Romans 4:3. Still, Abraham lied twice about his wife being his sister in order to escape being harmed, once to Pharaoh (Gen. 12:10–13) and then again to King Abimelech (Gen. 20:2). Yet, Abraham demonstrated his faith that God would keep his promise when he was willing to sacrifice Isaac, his only son by Sarah, upon God’s command. Thankfully, God spared Isaac and provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice (Gen. 22:1–18).
3. Rejoice: The only truly good man who ever lived on the earth is Jesus, the God-man. If any of us had to depend on our own works for a right standing before God, we would all be condemned. The Bible tells us: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Thankfully, Jesus was made man to keep God’s law perfectly and be the perfect atoning sacrifice for all sinners who put their faith in him alone, by God’s grace alone. Our only hope is to be grafted into the true Vine, Jesus Christ (John 15:5).