Gospel Faith in the Old Testament
Hebrews 11:17-19; Genesis 12, 14, 15, 18
Sitting as a banner over Gospel Faith in the OT is Romans 3:21-26 in which God in his grace and mercy passed over the sins these saints committed looking forward to the day he would send his sin to die in their place for their sin and execute justice and judgment for their sin on his Son so that he could pass over their sin and treat them as his sons and daughters. This is the banner over the faith of these saints in the OT.
Last time we visited Abraham it was in the context of our baby dedication and we focused on some aspects of Abraham looking to the work of the Gospel in salvation.
Today, we’ll wrap up Abraham by looking to how Abraham’s saving faith affected his actions.
Romans 4:3, cited from Genesis 15:6 “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
Being saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is a glorious work of Father, Son and Spirit. But our salvation does not end at our conversion. Salvation sets our feet on the rock and the “narrow path” of following Jesus that begins to shape our decision-making and our actions.
How did the grace of faith affect Abraham’s actions? How does grace of faith affect your actions?
1. Abraham risked his security and followed the Lord’s call without a clear end in sight
Abraham set out to go to the place where the Lord called him without fear of the end because his heart was changed
A. Abraham did not receive what was promised. He died still looking for the promise.
Success in our day is usually measured by end results. The only problem with that is that end results don’t measure success in God’s economy. Success in God’s economy is obedience.
1. 1 Samuel 15:22-23
B. Father did not hang the success of the global scope of the Gospel on Abraham’s success.
Father hung the success of the global scope of the Gospel on his own capable shoulders and in grace included Abraham to receive blessing (family inclusion) in Father’s kindness to him. We are the same.
1. Just obey the Scriptures (whatever the cost)
2. Discern the call of Father on your life and risk all to obey that calling (vocation)
a. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old
he will not depart from it.”
3. Practice repentance
2. Abraham entrusted his advancement to the Lord in not receiving resources but offering resources Genesis 14:17-24
Abraham did not hang the mission on what he could gather up but he hung the mission on the supernatural work of God
“I have lifted my hand to God”
A. Abraham gave tithes before tithes were law.
1. You and I don’t advance in the mission by gathering. We advance in the mission by
a. Proverbs 11:24 “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds
what he should give, and only suffers want.”
1. We are to be conduits of blessing not cul-de-sacs of hoarding
2. We are to be givers not takers
3. Abraham, by God’s grace, trusted in the long-term providence of God to be good to him
A. Abraham was building a legacy (something handed down) that was deeper than his own existence
1. Don’t just make decisions that rescue you today. Take action that reflects the
legacy that will come long after you based on who you are and what you are
B. Abraham was one link in a long chain of God’s grace going global but he was a link that
1. Build for long after you are dead.
2. Know that you are just one link in a long chain, but your link matters, so live like
you daily work in the Lord matters.
3. Be faithful to the mission, even if you don’t see the end of it in your days.
4. Abraham had face to face communion with the Lord and asked for bold Gospel grace to sinners that they might repent