Chapter Three, Lesson Two
HOLY BY FAITH Page
V. 8 (Cont'd.)
** Was the gospel preached even before Abraham?
Yes, even in the garden of Eden, after the fall of mankind into sin
God said to the serpent [Satan], "And I will put enmity between
you and the women, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise
you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel." This statement
foretold the coming of the messiah who would defeat Satan and grant
salvation by grace through faith.
(cf. Genesis3:15 with 1John 3:7-8)
** How does our opening verse for today say that God would justify the
He would do it "..by faith..." We have learned that to be
justified means to be found as "just" or holy before God,
because He took our sin away at the cross and gave us the righteousness
of Christ. We are no longer guilty, because the price was paid by Jesus
Christ on our behalf.
V. 9 ** Knowing that we have been made "Holy by Faith",
how can we also be "blessed with Abraham"?
We must be people "of faith", like Abraham. True saving faith
will always produce obedience to the Word of God!
** Paul calls him "Abraham, the believer", do you recall the
greatest test of Abraham's faith?
It was when God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice.
Let's look at it together to better understand how important it is to
obey God in faith. All see - Genesis 22:1-18, Abraham gives us four
characteristics of obedient faith:
1) Immediate obedience - V. 3
2) Sustained obedience - V. 4
3) Willing obedience - V. 5
4) Contagious obedience - V. 6 & 8
Rewards of obedience:
1) God's providence - V.13
2) God's provision - V.14
3) God's promise - V.17
4) God's plurality - V.18
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