Abraham Believed God
A Sermon on Acts 7:1-4
And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” And Stephen said:
“Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’ Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living. (ESV)
The Christian life is one of faith and action. This is clearly seen in the life of Abraham as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims. Perhaps there is no better example of this then the life of Abraham, the father of the all the faithful. The apostle Paul uses him as an example of what it looks like to believe and trust in the promises of God. But James, the brother of Jesus also uses Abraham as the example of what a life of good works looks like. So, in Abraham we see what it looks like to believe in the promises of God, and to have faith in them. But as Lloyd-Jones expounds, Abraham is also an example of putting faith into action. What some may try to use as a contradiction is actually a great complement as a heart of genuine faith will always demonstrate inself in a life of biblical action. Our works flow from a transformed heart as our daily practice moves ever closer to our heavenly position.