"And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed" (Galatians 3:8, NKJV).
Among the notable men of God described in the Old Testament writings is one very special man. His name is Abraham and his many qualifications include such expressions as: "friend of God", "father of the faithful" and "heir of the world".
Abraham was a very faithful servant of God. His role in the plan and purpose of God began during his early life some 2,000 years before Christ. God's plan for Abraham is still active with certain precious promises that will be fulfilled after Abraham is resurrected from the dead.
Many people think of Abraham as a character from history, confined to the early chapters of the book of Genesis. The truth is that the name Abraham appears over 60 times in the New Testament, which is a testimony to the importance of this man throughout the entire plan of God.
In the verse quoted at the head of this page, we are told that the gospel of salvation was preached to Abraham. Abraham was given the essence of the gospel message when he was told that through him and is descendent (Christ), all nations of the earth would be blessed. The principle for that blessing is clearly described. God would justify the Gentiles (nations) through faith.
Abraham was a man with such strength of faith in God that he has become the father of the faithful from all ages. He was promised a son when he was seventy five years old. He believed in God's promise and remained faithful for twenty five years before Isaac, the promised son, was born.
His great faith is described thus:
Abraham is an excellent example for us as we attempt to achieve the blessing of eternal life through our faith in the promises of God. The promises made to Abraham are well worth our consideration as we look for the motivation that inspired Abraham to faithful obedience.
Abraham was given very special promises. We can inherit these same promises through Christ.
God made many "great and precious promises" to Abraham and to his descendent, Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4). We have the opportunity to be the children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and if we have been baptized into Christ, we also may become Abraham's descendents and heirs to the same promises. These promises are outlined in the Book of Genesis starting in Chapter 12. These promises to Abraham are:
The promises continue in Chapter 13:
These precious promises were so special, and so sure and certain to be fulfilled that God swore by himself. The writer to the Hebrews tells us:
This hope is the hope of the promises made to Abraham and available also to us, through faith and baptism into Christ as described in Galatians 3:27-29.