Paul the apostle asked the Jews in Rome, Abraham “ is the father of us all”, and in chapter four and verse eighteen of Romans, Paul referred to how God’s promise, “a father of many nations” where we read:
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations,
according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
The verse begins, “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, …” Paul began with the words, “who against hope” which means “Abraham beside and contrary to expectation and confidence of good” “believed” or “thought to be true, was persuaded of and had confidence” “in hope” or “upon expectation and confidence of good”, “that he might become” which means “so Abraham could begin to be and come into existence as” “the father” or “the generator and male ancestor” “of many nations” which refers to “of a large number multitudes, companies, troops and people groups”. “Abraham” “believed” what he “thought to be true” even when it seemed impossible because he was to become “the father” of “nations” all over the world.
The verse goes on to say, “according to that which was spoken, So shall your seed be.” Paul continued with the words, “according to” which refers to “down from, through out and toward” “to that which was spoken” or “to what was uttered, spoken and proclaimed”, “so shall” which means “in the same way will” “your seed be” or “Abraham’s offspring and posterity exist”. Paul referred to how God told “Abraham” that his “offspring” would come through what he “believed”.
When we consider these words of Paul, we see how “Abraham” “believed” God’s promise even when the natural way of fulfilling it seemed impossible. God promised the aging Abraham he would have a son through Sarah his aging wife, and this would be the beginning of him being “a father” to “nations” all over the world. Jesus Christ is the “promised” Son of God who came to redeem people from their “sins”, and all who believe in Him shall not only be “saved” but also shall receive “everlasting life”. May all who read these words know the benefit of “Abraham” being “the father” throughout all the earth.
Next time Paul tells the people in Rome Abraham, “being not weak in faith,…considered not his own body now dead”, so read ahead, and we shall join together then.
Until tomorrow…there is more…
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