In the last post, I introduced Abraham, the Abrahamic Covenant, and Abraham’s Seed as one of the keys of understanding Scripture. Below, I’ve listed a few distinctions regarding Father Abraham, taken from John Reislinger’s book – Abraham’s Four Seeds
Abraham is one of the most important men in all History; and, next to our Savior Himself, he is one of the most significant individuals in all the Scripture. Here is a sample of things that demonstrate Abraham’s importance.
- Abraham is the only man who was ever called “the friend of God” (Isa 41:8; James 2:23) by any writer of Scripture. Abraham’s friendship with God, or “justification by grace through faith,” is used by Paul to prove the single pattern of “salvation by grace through faith” for all believers of all ages (Romans 4).
- All of Scripture from Genesis 12 to the end of the Book of Revelation is the story of Abraham and his “seed” as that seed relates to the rest of mankind.
- No two men (apart from Adam) in all of Scripture or History are related to each other as Abraham and Christ as it concerns their “seed.”
- Every blessing of God experienced by the Nation of Israel was only because of God’s promise to Abraham. In fact, they were delivered from Egypt and formed into a nation at Sinai only because of their physical relationship to Abraham. . . . and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them. Exodus 2:23-25
- Christ came into this world “to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath He swore to our father Abraham.” (Luke l:72,73)
- The apostles preached the gospel as the fulfillment of the covenant that God made with Abraham. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Acts 3:25-26
- It is impossible to even begin to understand the book of Galatians without grasping the significance of Abraham and his relationship to believers today. All who are “of faith” are “Abraham’s children” (Gal.3:7), and are “blessed with faithful Abraham” (Gal. 3:9). Christ died on the cross so that “the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles” (Gal. 3:14).
- Abraham enjoyed God’s inheritance of justification by faith in the gospel promise concerning Christ (Gal. 3:6-9,18), and you and I, who believe the same gospel message today, enjoy the same inheritance of justification because by faith we are Abraham’s true seed, and the true “heirs with him according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29)
I repeat my original statement. Next to Christ Himself, Abraham is one of the most significant men in all the Scriptures. No two people are related to each other as it concerns their “seed” as Abraham and Christ. The whole of the history of redemption revolves around “Abraham and his seed.” There is no information that will help us to see the one unifying message of redemption through our Lord Jesus Christ in both the OT and NT Scriptures as much as knowing exactly what was promised to “Abraham and his seed” and who that seed is to whom those promises were made.