Children of Abraham

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:6-7:
-6:  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
-7:  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith {believing faith}, the same are the children of Abraham.

Abraham was a great man of God, and he believed in the words that God spoke to him. What it was that made Abraham such a special person is that he believed God, and as a result of his believing, God accounted to him righteousness. Abraham’s believing allowed God to present him with God’s own righteousness. Abraham’s righteousness was not contingent upon any law, but upon believing. Believing God’s Word today gives us the spiritual right to be called “the children of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:9 – So then they which be of faith {believing faith} are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Before the Law was ever given, Abraham walked with God in believing, and now after the Law has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15), by Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we still walk with God in peace and in His righteousness. Galatians is written to bring the Christian back to the Word of God without being encumbered with Laws. Today because of our believing God’s Word: we are most definitely blessed! Abraham was called “faithful”; he was faithful by believing what God said. The Epistle of Romans being the foundational epistle to the Christian Church details how Abraham believed and how the Word instructs us to believe as well.

Romans 4:20-24:
-20:  He {Abraham} staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {believing faith}, giving glory to God; {When we believe the Word we will also give glory to God.}
-21:  And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22:  And therefore it {Abraham’s believing} was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23:  Now it was not written {in Genesis 15:6} for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24:  But for us also, to whom it {God’s righteousness} shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

In the Old Testament, Abraham had to believe that his Savior would come, and his believing allowed God to impute (put into his personal account) righteousness. Today we believe that our Savior did come, that he was raised from the dead, and that he will again return for us. There is no amount of works or laws that could possibly prevent or speed up his return, this is why believing is the best that we can do, for believing is all that is required before our God. After our salvation, we are righteous regardless of whether or not we believe, but as we continue believing on Christ, then we will begin to realize the abundance of having the righteousness of God because we are the children of Abraham by our believing.

The Knowledge of Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once there was a man who hated Christians. He persecuted them at every opportunity, put them in into prison, and gave his vote to have them executed by stoning them to death. He carried written permission from the leaders of his day to go anywhere, into any home, and forcefully drag out men and women and take them to jail. From the depths of his heart he loved God, and walked faithfully and blameless before others who believed in his religion and he somehow did this with a clear conscience. He was a very religious man who prayed and worshiped the same God we pray and worship. He believed in his heart that the Christian movement came from the pits of hell. I have no doubt that I would not allow him into my home or around my friends because his very presence could mean death. He thought in his heart that he was a great believer and that he was doing the right things before his God as he personally anticipated the coming of the Redeemer. This man lived in the first century as a Pharisee, he had the best schooling that money could buy. He also had the right credentials as he sat under the greatest teacher of the Old Testament Scriptures (“Gamaliel” Acts 5:34; Acts 22:3), and he was one of Gamaliel’s favorite pupils. This man was Saul, also known in the Scriptures as Paul (the difference in the two names is that Saul comes from the Hebrew, while Paul is the Greek).

Acts 22:4 – And I {Paul} persecuted this way {“this way” represented the followers of Jesus Christ who was, is, and shall always be “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6} unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

I Timothy 1:12-13:
-12:  And I {Paul} thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
-13:  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious {an insulter}: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

“Ignorantly in unbelief” means that Paul did not have the right information to believe correctly, even with all his religions training in the Scriptures which foretell and announce the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah. Paul completely missed the truths in the Scriptures that reveal Jesus Christ to be the promised Messiah, the Redeemer, and the Savior of humanity. One day when Paul was on the road to Damascus he, for the first time in his life, met Jesus Christ, and as we know, he had an immediate change of mind and heart, because Paul for the first time in his life saw (mentally perceived) the true spiritual realities of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to Paul in Acts 9:5 “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest!” Can you imagine?

Personally – if I were Paul – this meeting would have given me a heart attack! Yet, Paul recognized the error of his ways, changed his mind, and he became one of the greatest believers this world has ever known, he received perhaps more revelation and inspiration than any man or woman has received in all of history. The great Apostle Paul from that day forward dedicated his life to teaching and showing others the depths of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. Paul helped believers receive an understanding of the healing Word by preaching Jesus Christ, who in turn reveals the righteousness of God to our inner hearts, as His Word continues blessing our lives with spiritual truth.

Philippians 3:8-9:
-8:  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered {allowed} the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ {there is nothing as precious as learning about Christ},
-9:  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

With God All Things Are Possible (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Mark 9:23-24:
-23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
-24: And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

This is the story of the father who brought his son to Jesus’ disciples for healing, but his disciples were unable to help. The reason for this was not because the disciples had any lack of believing, but rather the father of the child was not believing. That man had someone to blame when Jesus’ disciples failed, but Jesus was able to see the bigger picture and knew that the man himself had to believe, thus Jesus taught verse 23 (above) to the father of the child. In verse 24 (above) the man began believing, and asked for help not for his son, but for himself, because he began to realize that in order for his son to be delivered he himself (as the caregiver of that child) needed to believe for his son.

When we ask Jesus Christ for help in our believing and prayer he most certainly will help, because today we can pray in the name of Jesus Christ to receive answers to our prayers. Even though that father had Jesus Christ before his very eyes, we today have Christ’s name to believe in and with.

Matthew 19:24-26:
-24: And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
-25: When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
-26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

These verses are sometimes used to try to prove that if you are rich, then heaven is not the place you will end up unless you give all your money away, but this could not be further from the truth. Jesus was referring to a rich man who put all his trust in his money, while the Word of God instructs us to put our trust in God. There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich. The “eye of the needle” story sounds totally impossible. Nevertheless, it is not, because the eye of the needle does not refer to a sewing needle with a little teeny hole at one end.

You see, in the biblelands there was always a smaller door within the larger, two-story “gates of the city,” and this smaller door could open at night, and this smaller, inner door was named the eye of the needle. When a weary traveler approached a city at night, the gates were always closed but he still could enter through the narrow doorway. However, his camel had to unload its burden before entering because a camel would barely fit through the smaller door. Camels were usually piled up high and wide and there would be no way to enter the city without unloading. Sometimes the eye of the needle was referred to as a “bottleneck” or “needle’s eye,” because of its shape and this door is what Jesus was referring to in his teaching of the eye of the needle. One could walk their camels into the city and carry in the camel’s burden; however, some people were just too darn stubborn to unload their burden.

A walled city symbolized God’s presence and His protection. Just as a camel needed to be unloaded of its burden, Jesus was implying that trusting in God is how people, even rich people, release their own burdens in this life and this trust allows God to watch over them (Proverbs 3:5–6). In the walled city, there would be safety for themselves, their camels, and all of their supplies. Yet some would rather “trust” in their own abilities and resources and as in the eye of the needle story, they would rather stay outside all night and keep all their stuff out there with them. Thus, they would be taking their chances against the bandits of the night. This is why Jesus says, with man on his own, things may seem impossible (and sometimes even frightening), but where there is trust and believing faith ― then there is confidence and safety, for with God all things are possible.

This is why Jesus says, with man on his own, things may seem impossible, but where there is trust, faith, and believing, then “with God all things are possible.”

The Hope of Walking with Our Redeemer

Romans 4:20-25:
-20: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {his believing faith}, giving glory to God;
-21: And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22: And therefore {because Abraham believed in hope} it was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23: Now it was not written for his {Abraham’s} sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24: But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if {since} we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
-25: Who was delivered for our offenses {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification. {Just as if I’d never sinned, is one way to remember our justification.}

“Our hope is the return of Christ, and this hope takes believing to bring it to life before our spiritual eyes. As Abraham’s believing grew he was able to have his son, Isaac, but this was not the end of the story of Abraham. He believed in the Word of God and that believing brought him face to face with the actual hope of someday walking with his Redeemer. This hope of his gave him reason, purpose, and excitement in life itself to continue living for God and being his best toward his fellow man. This example is written for believers today who are living in God’s grace – Romans 4:20-25, above. With the hope alive in your heart you can believe with hope and confidence that Christ your Redeemer shall return and your name will be on his lips.” ~LMJ~