Lessons on Faith: Part 5 of 14: The Faith of Abraham 1

By A. T. Jones

List of Articles 
 

"The knowledge of what the Scripture means when urging upon us the necessity of cultivating faith is more important than any other knowledge that can be obtained." 
Faith is the expecting the word of God to do the thing which that word speaks and the depending upon the word only to accomplish the thing which that word speaks. 
Abraham is the father of all them which be of faith. The record of Abraham, then, gives instruction in faith -- what it is and what it does for him who has it. 
What shall we say, then, that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the faith, has found? What saith the Scripture? 
When Abram was more than eighty years old and Sarai his wife was old and he had no child, God "brought him forth abroad and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be." 
And Abram "believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness." Gen. 15:5,6. Abram accepted the word of God and expected by the word what the word said. And in that he was right.  
Sarai, however, did not put her expectation upon the word of God only. She resorted to a device of her own to bring forth seed. She said to him, "The Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her." Gen. 16:2. 
Abram, for the moment, swerved from the perfect integrity of faith. Instead of holding fast his expectation and dependence upon the word of God only, he "harkened to the voice of Sarai." 
Accordingly, a child was born, but the whole matter proved to be so unsatisfactory to Sarai that she repudiated her own arrangement. And God showed His repudiation of it by totally ignoring the fact that any child had been born. He changed Abram's name to Abraham and continued to talk about making him the father of nations through the seed promised and of making his covenant with Abraham and the seed that was promised. He also changed Sarai's name to Sarah, because she should "be a mother of nations" through the promised seed. 
Abraham noticed this total ignoring of the child that had been born and called the Lord's attention to it, saying, "O, that Ishmael might live before thee!"
But "God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed, and thou shalt call his name Isaac, and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year." Gen. 17:15-21. 
By all this both Abram and Sarai were taught that, in carrying out the promise, the fulfilling of the word of God,  nothing would answer but dependence upon that word only. Sarai learned that her device brought only trouble and perplexity and delayed the fulfillment of the promise. Abram learned that in harkening to the voice of Sarai, he had missed the word of God, and that now he must abandon that whole scheme and turn again to the word of God only. 
But now Abraham was ninety-nine years old and Sarah was eighty-nine. And, if anything, this seemed to put farther off than ever the fulfillment of the word and called for a deeper dependence upon the word of God -- a greater faith than before. 
It was perfectly plain that now there was no possibility of dependence upon anything whatever, but the naked word only; they were shut up absolutely to this for the accomplishment of what the word said. All works, devices, plans, and efforts of their own were excluded, and they were shut up to faith alone -- shut up to the word alone and to absolute dependence upon that word only for the accomplishment of what that word said. 
And now that the way was clear for "the word only" to work, that word did work, effectually, and the promised "seed" was born. And so "through faith," through helpless, total dependence upon the word only -- "Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised." 
And "therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the seashore innumerable." Heb. 11:12. 
And thus was fulfilled the word spoken to Abram, when God "brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them . . . . So shall thy seed be."
This is a divine lesson in faith. And this is what the Scripture means when urging upon us the necessity of cultivating faith. For this was imputed to Abraham for righteousness, even the righteousness of God, which is by faith. 
Yet "it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him, but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,  if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification." Rom. 4:23-25. 
And all "they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham." All they who, excluding -- yea, repudiating -- all works, plans, devices, and efforts, of their own, depend in utter helplessness upon the word of God only to accomplish what that word says -- these are they which be of faith and are blessed with faithful Abraham with the righteousness of God. 
O, "understanding how to exercise faith: this is the science of the gospel"! And the science of the gospel is the science of sciences. Who would not strain every nerve to understand it? 
 
RH Jan. 24, 1899    
By A. T. Jones in the Review and Herald periodical in 1899.

Blog Edited by John Foll.

List of Articles


#Faith #Dead #Old #Lesson #Blessed #Abraham #Sarah #Word #Speaks #Believe #Promise #Cultivate #Science #Gospel #Dependence #God #Seed #Son #Expect #Helpless


Articles

June 28, 2020
The Fourth Angel's Movement Camp Meeting 2020

If you want to receive a blessing, why not come to our Fourth Angel’s Movement Camp Meeting? Are you ready to receive the rich blessings of the Latter Rain? If you long for a closer walk with God, and hunger for Christian fellowship with others who love Him too, come to this camp meeting! We will give some inspirational messages here on Justification by Faith or the Righteousness of Christ - which is the 3rd Angel’s Message in verity, to help you get the Latter Rain! There will be practical breakout sessions on the Medical Missionary work, Evangelism, Media Ministry, Country Living, Health Food Stores, and more!

June 2, 2020
Living by Faith Part 5 of 5: Christian Growth

The force of this is found in the fact that the Christian life, which is the result of faith, is progressive. The Christian life is a continual growth. Peter says: […]

April 29, 2020
A Lesson From the Grass Part 1 of 2

There could be no more sure way to undermine the Gospel, and rob it of its power, than the substitution of the teachings of "Science falsely so called" for the […]

January 17, 2020
A Lesson From the Grass Part 2 of 2

Listen to the first two sentences of it! Very powerful! One more lesson of encouragement may be learned from the frailty of man, which shows that only in humility is […]

January 17, 2020
Time is Short: An Appeal To Give Your Heart To God!

By John Foll, Written 11/4/2016   The time so long waited for by God’s people is almost here, the Second Coming of Christ. Soon it will be too late to […]

January 17, 2020
The Prayer of Faith Part 1: Conditions for Answered Prayer Handout

How to Get Answers to Prayer? By John Foll, written between 11/21/2019 and 11/27/2019, 01/11/2020 and 01/17/2020.© Copyright 2019 John Foll “Is any sick among you? let him call for […]

January 10, 2020
Living by Faith Part 4 of 5: FROM FAITH TO FAITH

By E.J. Waggoner List of Articles But there is another expression in the text which stands at the beginning of this tract: "For therein [in the gospel] is the righteousness […]

January 10, 2020
Living by Faith Part 3 of 5: OUR MIGHTY LEADER

By E. J. Waggoner. List of Articles Well, our Captain is the Lord of Hosts. He has met the chiefest foe of all and has vanquished him single handed. Those […]

January 10, 2020
Living by Faith Part 2 of 5: A CAUSE OF FAILURE

By E. J. Waggoner. List of Articles  Listen We have heard many people tell how hard they found it to do right; their Christian life was most unsatisfactory to them, […]

January 10, 2020
Living by Faith Part 1 of 5: LIVING BY FAITH

By E. J. Waggoner List of Articles  In Rom. 1:17 the apostle Paul makes the following statement, "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as […]

1 2 3 15
Blogger
Blogs
Facebook
Blogs
Tumblr
Blogs
Tumblr Love of God Tumblr Faith Tumblr How To Please God Health Blog White Raiment Evangelism
MeWe
Blogs
MINDS Blogs
J
Our Books

J
Our social Media
Our Other social Media
book home sun film-play book bookmark heart-pulse bullhorn layers
book