Abraham

Abraham

 
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  • God also gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision at that time. And so Isaac, Abraham's son, was circumcised when he was eight days old. Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob was the father of the twelve patriarchs of the Jewish nation. - Acts 7:8


  • All of them were taken to Shechem and buried in the tomb Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor in Shechem. - Acts 7:16


  • "As the time drew near when God would fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased. - Acts 7:17


  • `I am the God of your ancestors--the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses shook with terror and dared not look.1 - Acts 7:32


  • "Brothers--you sons of Abraham, and also all of you devout Gentiles who fear the God of Israel--this salvation is for us! - Acts 13:26


  • Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What were his experiences concerning this question of being saved by faith? - Romans 4:1


  • Was it because of his good deeds that God accepted him? If so, he would have had something to boast about. But from God's point of view Abraham had no basis at all for pride. - Romans 4:2


  • Now then, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it for Gentiles, too? Well, what about Abraham? We have been saying he was declared righteous by God because of his faith. - Romans 4:9


  • The circumcision ceremony was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous--even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are made right with God by faith. - Romans 4:11


  • And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had before he was circumcised. - Romans 4:12


  • It is clear, then, that God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God's law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith. - Romans 4:13


  • So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. - Romans 4:16


  • That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations."* This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings into existence what didn't exist before.4 - Romans 4:17


  • When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars,"* even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible!5 - Romans 4:18


  • And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. - Romans 4:19


  • Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. - Romans 4:20


  • And because of Abraham's faith, God declared him to be righteous. - Romans 4:22
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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