Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
December 11, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<137> Thesis: "Believing" unto justification is a process with a beginning, a developmental period, and an end. Introduction: In our study last week, we focused a good bit of attention upon the questions of why and how one becomes a "son" of Abraham. The "why" issue is focused upon God's intention of operating under the umbrella of Genesis 12:1-3. All of the divine intentions to "bless" human beings are placed under this umbrella and no one receives eternal blessedness except by becoming a "son" of Abraham and, thus, an "heir of the promise". The "how" issue is focused upon the identification of the particular issue of Abram's "identifying trait". Paul's argument is that Genesis 15:6 is the only text that specifically identifies which of the multitude of Abram's "traits" is the "identifying" one. In other words, is Isaac a "son" of Abraham because he copies Abraham's "trait" that resulted in his lies to the kings regarding the identity of Sarah (Genesis 12:13; Genesis 20:2) when he lies about the identity of Rebekah (Genesis 26:7)? Clearly, not. Paul says that the "identifying trait" is "faith" because that is the only "trait" that God declares will result in "righteousness". Because "faith" is the "identifying trait", it becomes imperative that we understand what "faith" is. It is no accident that Moses recorded Abram's "justification" in Genesis 15. Hebrews 11:8 says it was "faith" that moved Abram to "obey". Hebrews 11:17 says it was "faith" that moved Abraham to offer up Isaac. It is interesting that Hebrews 11 ignores Genesis 15:6. This evening we are going to try to explain why that might be.