Abraham believed in God (Rom 4:3)

“What does the scripture say?

‘Abraham believed in God.

It was reckoned

To him

As righteousness.’”

τί γὰρ ἡ γραφὴ λέγει; Ἐπίστευσεν δὲ Ἀβραὰμ τῷ Θεῷ, καὶ ἐλογίσθη αὐτῷ εἰς δικαιοσύνην.

Paul asked again, what does the scripture say (τί γὰρ ἡ γραφὴ λέγει)?  Of course, he responded to his own question by citing Genesis, chapter 15:6, that Abraham (δὲ Ἀβραὰμ) believed (Ἐπίστευσεν) in God (τῷ Θεῷ).  It was reckoned (καὶ ἐλογίσθη) to him (αὐτῷ) as righteousness (εἰς δικαιοσύνην).  In the Genesis story Yahweh told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation.  He knew he was sterile, but he believed or trusted in Yahweh.  Thus, Yahweh reckoned him as righteous.  Yahweh had appeared to Abraham in a vision.  Yahweh God told him not to be afraid because Yahweh would be his shield.  He would have his own heir and that his descendants would be like the stars in the heaven.  Abraham believed Yahweh, so that he was righteous.  Abraham’s belief in God was the reason that Yahweh considered him righteous.  Is Abraham a model of faith for you?

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