What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
There was a time in my life when every day as I woke up, this scripture was in my mind, “What did our father, Abraham, find?”
I love this, because if we can understand what Abraham found, we can get the same results as he did.
The fact is that Abraham found out about the grace of God: His amazing and overwhelming goodness towards an imperfect man with issues.
Notice that it says that Abraham had nothing to boast about before God, even though he is such a great man in history, God’s friend and the father of us all in the faith.
That is because God was there when Abraham was with Hagar, and when he told Pharaoh that Sarah was his sister, and when he laughed at the promise of God out of unbelief . God knew his weaknesses in all their fullness.
Some people think that when they confess their sin, that is when God finds out about what they did. But in reality, God knows every detail of what they did long before they owned up to it. The day they confessed it to God is the day when they got rid of it!
Even though we compare ourselves to those around us we may feel we aren’t doing badly, from God’s perspective we are all far short of the standard. We may be able to impress the church folk with our near perfect performance of godliness in church, but God is not fooled!
Like Abraham, the way we are ever going to inherit any part of God’s promise towards us is by the righteousness of faith
Abraham uncovered this mystery and understood that he was to become heir of the world by the righteousness of faith and not by his righteousness. He did not have to beat himself up and disqualify himself due to those weaknesses, and neither do we.
Like Abraham, our faith is our righteousness. Our belief and confident reliance on what God says and who He is connects us to His favor, totally apart from what we do.
This gospel of grace makes you think, “Shouldn’t we continue sinning if that is the deal?”
But the amazing thing about grace is that it kills our desire for sin and teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness.
What a system! Wow!