|Genesis 22:10-18 |
10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the LORD called to him out of heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."
12 And he said, "Do not lay your hand upon the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear and reverence God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son."
13 Then Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. And Abraham took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh [the Lord will provide]. As it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."
15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, "I have sworn by myself, says the LORD, that because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand that is upon the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of his enemies,
18 And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice."1
1 in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice. By obedient faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place that he would after receive for an inheritance, went out in obedience, not knowing where he went. When tested, by obedient faith Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son. By obedient faith Abraham painfully circumcised himself and all the males of his household. Abraham is credited as being the father of all those who are justified by faith; but look! Abraham's faith was to obey God's voice. Gentle reader, faith without obedience is lip service. Obedience is the evidence of faith; the result of persistent obedience is purity, holiness, cleanliness, and the fruit of the Spirit. The Lord Jesus said: Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46. Faith without works of loving obedience to the commands of the Lord, is make-believe Christianity. Faith that doesn't purify is the hypocrites' faith. Salvation claimed while still sinning, is the devil's covenant of death, a lie: Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with hell will not stand. Isa 28:18. For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 1 Thes 4:7. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14. By your firm and patient endurance do you attain the true Life of your souls. Luke 21:19. What endurance? Endurance on the cross, endurance in tribulation, endurance in obedience, endurance in seeking, endurance in self-denial.