Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
Paul continues from where we left off last time, now drawing his conclusions: God’s promises are guaranteed to all of Abraham’s descendants through faith; carrying his DNA has nothing to do with God’s promises because it’s all about our faith.
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
When I read this, there are so many thoughts running through my mind: What amazing faith Abraham had!
Without just repeating all of the things I’ve already said in this passage, and without restating what Paul has so clearly written here, I’m just going to leave you with one thought; that’s right, just one.
It’s a big one though; maybe you should sit down before you go any further…
OK, are you ready? Here goes…
No human being is excluded from God’s grace, unless he chooses to exclude himself.
Can you think of anybody who needs to hear that today?