Hope Against Hope Pt. 2: The Promise
Hello! I hope everyone is doing well. We’ve been talking about the righteousness of Christ and in the last post I briefly mentioned Abraham and his righteousness. I am revisiting the topic because I kept thinking about how the promise of a son caused Abraham to be counted a righteous. Romans 4:20-22 says, “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was counted to him as righteousness.” We know that Isaac was not the Messiah. So why then did his faith in this promise make him righteous?
The reason why God counted Abraham as righteous, when he believed in the promise He gave him, is because the promise that was given to him was the promise of salvation to the world coming through Abraham’s bloodline. When the Lord visited Abraham and gave the promise it was Jesus before He was incarnate as the Messiah sitting and talking to Abraham (Gen 18). Christ was promising himself, as our righteousness, through a promise He was speaking to Abraham. Had he disbelieved the promise it would have been a direct insult to God and he would have been rejecting his righteousness with God since Christ is our reconciliation and right standing comes by Him (2 Cor. 5:18). John tells us in John 1:18, “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known.” And Paul explains that the Father, “dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see (1 Timothy 6:16), and that Jesus is the “image of the Invisible God (Colossians 1:15). By this we know that when God appeared to Abraham that is was the second person of the Godhead—Jesus Christ.
He believed God was able to give him a son although he and Sarah were old. He believed Christ was able to redeem humanity. He had faith in who God said He is. Yes Isaac was a promise but ultimately, the greater promise was Jesus Christ as a son of Abraham. Jesus is the one who gave the promise and He is how the promise was fulfilled. The Savior was the one to bring righteousness and salvation as well as being the messenger of it. Since Jesus is our righteousness, he credited Himself to Abraham immediately when he believed the His word. When God looked at Abraham He saw Jesus. Abraham is an example of how we are to believe in God for our righteousness.
Although he did not see the full manifestation of the promise of given to him he believed it. He didn’t get to see the many generations that came from the promise, and he didn’t get to witness the Messiah’s birth. However, his faith was enough and a catalyst for our redemption. Faith was enough for God from Abraham, and it is enough from us for God. Our faith and belief in Jesus as our righteousness is what God wants from us.