Why God Honored Abraham
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 413 (Holman) For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that
he would inherit the world was not through the law, but
through the righteousness that comes by faith.
YHWH promised Abraham his influence would spread through all the earth for all time. Muslims, Jews, and Christians all revere this patriarch. Their homage to him fulfills Gods promise to Abraham.
The question is why did God choose Abraham for this honor The answer is Abraham did what was necessary to please God. The patriarch provides us an excellent example of how to be saved. One obvious lesson we learn from Abraham is that keeping the Law did not save him. This would have been impossible, because he lived 430 years before God gave the Law at Mt. Sinai (GL 317). Abraham did nothing to merit the blessing of God. It was a gift.
Everything Abraham received from God came through the channel of a righteousness based on faith. The same is still true of Gods salvation today. It is offered to us apart from the Law and any good works we might do. Verse 14 will tell us why we should be grateful for this fact.
Romans 414 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the
promise is canceled.
If salvation depended on keeping the law, there would be two disastrous results. One, faith would be