The conclusion from all this is that it was such a faith as this that laid hold of justifying righteousness.  Abraham did not dither about in doubt, did not mock at God’s grand promises, but was fully persuaded that he had to do with the God Who cannot lie, and that what this God had promised He would make good.  It is to those who rely implicitly upon the word and promises of God that righteousness is imputed.  This is why unbelief is such a destructive sin.  It not only impugns God as a liar, but it also rejects the free gift of righteousness which is offered to those who do believe.  Abraham entered into a state of justification because he believed the promise of God, in which the germ of the Gospel is contained.  Shall not those who reject it in our day, when the mystery of the Gospel has been opened up in the person and work of Christ for all to see, assuredly fall short of that righteousness?  And if they lack righteousness, then with what shall they stand before God with any hope of acceptance?

Now, this commendation of Abraham’s faith is all very lovely and quite interesting, but if it had nothing to do with us, it would only be a piece of interesting history.  But the promises of God are not for private interpretation and use, but for all the people of God.  We may say here, “Like father like son,” for even as Abraham obtained righteousness through faith in the promises of God, so may we.  The very same righteousness which was imputed to Abraham when he believed may be imputed to us as well, if we, like the father of the faithful, place our entire trust and confidence in the promises of the God that cannot lie.  This is the whole reason why Paul has gone to such great lengths to describe the mighty faith of Abraham.  God has made promises to us as well, and if we lay hold of them by faith, we too may inherit a righteousness so bright, clean, and glorious, that the sharpest eye in the universe cannot detect a flaw in it.

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