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Romans 4:23,24 – because of us also

22-12-2020 - Posted by Andre Piet

Now it was not written because of him only, that it is reckoned to him, but because of us also, to whom it is about to be reckoned, who are believing on Him Who rouses Jesus our Lord from among the dead.

The statement in Genesis 15: 6 that Abraham’s faith was counted to him for righteousness is not merely historical. The report is much more than a posthumous tribute to the patriarch. Paul says it was written “also because of us”. For not only Abraham’s faith, but also our faith is counted by GOD for righteousness.

Earlier we read that Abraham believed in the GOD is vivifying the dead (: 17). Sarah’s womb was “deadened,” and Abraham’s manhood was “deadened.” But Abraham trusted in GOD’S foretelling that would bring new life out of a “dead” man and woman. That was not an assignment but a promise!

In essence, Abraham’s trust in GOD is no different from our trust in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. After all, our Lord is “the son of Abraham” (Mat.1: 1) and like Isaac, according to GOD’S promise came forth “from the dead” (deadened). Abraham experienced resurrection, whereby Isaac was begotten, and likewise GOD also resurrected our Lord and roused him from the dead!