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Abraham is set before us by the Spirit of God as the father of all that believe (Rom 4:16). They which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham (Gal 3:7). Children share the same traits as their parents. What characteristics show Abraham to be the father and example of every believer?
The Word of Power
First, Abram was set apart by the effectual call of God. The Word of the LORD came to Him in power, bringing him out of idolatry to give him the free inheritance of God’s sovereign grace in Christ (v 7). Abram was a man chosen of God and regenerated by the word of God. Christ, the Word of the LORD, came to him in saving mercy. The same is true with every spiritual child of Abraham. – “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth” (James 1:18). The evidences of this fact are seen in the following traits:
The Word of Comfort
The Word of the LORD comforted Abram when he was fearful, assuring him that the LORD God was his protection and exceeding great reward (v 1). We know that he was fearful, because the LORD said to him, “Fear not.” God commands his servants, “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you” (Isa 35:4). This is God’s tender word of grace to His own that are in the world, because we are so often in the teeth of fears. But the LORD comforts us by His word. The LORD will not allow the believer to languish under the oppression of fear. He sends the Comforter by His word, saying, “Let not your heart be troubled” (Jn 14:26-27).
The Word of Reproof
The Word of the LORD reproved Abram of the evil thoughts that were causing him to doubt. He began to question if he would have an heir, fearful that his steward would finally inherit his house (vv 2-3). But the Word of the LORD pulled down that stronghold, saying, “This shall not be thine heir” (v 4). O how we must continually bless the LORD for His loving reproof and correction! – “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Prov 3:12). The Word of the LORD tears down every imagination that exalts itself against the grace and truth of Christ (2 Cor 10:3-5).
The Word of Strength
The Word of the LORD faithfully and continually came to Abram with the promise of the Gospel, saying, “But he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir” (v 4). Abram knew that God’s promise concerned the coming of Christ his Savior, in Whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Gen 17:5). Abram’s fear was not merely for the loss of temporal blessing. The promised seed was his only hope of salvation and eternal life (Heb 11:8-10). His great desire was to see God’s promise fulfilled by giving him an heir, but he lacked patience. So the Word of LORD came to strengthen his heart with endurance to wait patiently for the fulfillment of the promise. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by God’s word (Rom 10:17). Faith is strengthened by hearing God’s word (Ps 119:28). How then did the Word of the LORD give him strength? (See v.5):
The Word of the LORD…