Abraham, a friend of God
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
Abraham was called the friend of God and father of us all: ‘…and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.’ (James 2:23). What was so special about Abraham that he is known as a friend of God?
He was blessed with the gift of faith. He was fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was counted to him as righteousness. Abraham’s faith being counted to him as righteousness was not written just for Abraham alone, it applies to all who believe in God’s promises: ‘…the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord…’ (Romans 4:23-24).
We can fully believe that the ‘good work’ that God began in every believer will be completed. And what exactly is that good work? ‘…my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!’ (Galatians 4:19). He is forming the very image of the beloved Son in every believer.
With the very same gift of faith that God gave to Abraham and that he gives to us today, we can completely trust him to fulfil all of his promises. ‘For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20). As we believe God’s promise to complete the ‘good work’ that he began in each of us, that faith will also be credited to us as righteousness, the same as Abraham.
So, like Abraham, we too can be friends of God credited with righteousness.
Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of faith which enables me to believe your precious promises and to be credited with righteousness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Sherwin Scott
About the writer:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the Lewes congregation
of Grace Communion International.
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