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Genesis 15:6

Lesson # Genesis 15:6
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Gen. 15:6

6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Abram believed in God. He had believed in God long before this, but here is the expression of faith and the documentation of it.

Salvation is not some physical activity or even a physical operation of surgery, nor is it getting into a tub and getting ones self wet. We do not become saved by raising our hands. We do not get saved by walking down an isle in front of people in a public forum. We do not get saved by being baptized. We do not get saved by being circumcised.

There is nothing that we can 'do', by which we can be saved.

Salvation is a thought process - believing in Jesus Christ. In Abram's case, by believing in the promised savior. This is an expression of faith. Faith is a non-meritorious thought process whereby we merely believe. There is no credit for believing. Believing is a thought process and, in it, we cannot boast that we had to 'do' something in order to be recognized by God and therefore accepted by God. Man's works are rejected at the Cross. Man's works are rejected in Gods plan. Mankind cannot add even one thing to Gods plan. Man cannot modify it, can't change it, can't improve it, can't even hinder Gods plan.

When we are saved we are credited with Gods righteousness. We are also credited with Gods justice, but that is in another passage. In man, in each one of us, is a soul. When we are born into this world were are body and soul. We are incomplete because we do not have the human spirit which is necessary for any kind of relationship with God. So as unbelievers, we are body and soul, and quite unsaved. In our body is what we call the sin nature, or Adam's original sin. A defect which is passed down to all human beings from Adam, and from him through the male of the species through our procreation process. It is genetic and we cannot get away from it. The sin nature is our master and we are slaves to it. We also have our own form of righteousness, human righteousness, but Isaiah describes that righteousness as filthy rags. The correct translation is filthy, heavily used over and over again, menstrual rags with no intention to replace them, but to merely reuse them without a second thought.

And that is exactly what we do as humans out of fellowship, and certainly as unbelievers, we wallow in our filthy righteousness without realizing it. No clue that we are really living in yuk!

But at the moment of salvation we are credited with Gods righteousness, among other things. And with Gods righteousness credited and in effect imputed to each one of us, we have a common link which is now acceptable with God and whereby God will commune with us. God will not deal with us when we are 'dirty' so to speak. And man's righteousness is dirty, actually beyond dirty. It is totally revolting and disgusting. Not only is mans righteousness revolting it is worn on the exterior of each one of us. Unlike the menstrual rags which in that day would be strapped up under the skirt and out of sight, even today's modern products are out of sight. But mans righteousness would be similar to wearing in plain sight these rags for all to see and they are terribly soiled, never changed, and disgusting is probably to nice of word to describe this. None of us would go in public when all could see our filth.

So, God, too, will not accept us in a filthy state. We must discard our righteousness and put on Gods righteousness. Faith in Christ accomplishes just that. God makes the credit, we do not. Man does not clean up himself, God does the cleaning.

Man is trapped in this world, and the only future for a trapped slave is misery and doom. Only a free man can come along and purchase the slave out of slavery. Another slave cannot purchase us, nor can we buy ourselves out of slavery. Sin and death are not interested in our freedom, but rather have insatiable appetites for more of the same.

Abram is not yet 85 years old. He left Haran at the age of 75 and has been to the Egypt episode, the Lot episode, and will not turn 85 until chapter 16 when he gets involved in the Hagar episode. So during this ten year time frame he will have had his successes and failures spiritually. Currently he is worrying about his heir, but God has promised that he will have a son, a legitimate son, and not a bastard son. But Abram is not quite there yet. Still in this chapter he has a great deal to learn, and probably so do we.

God is going to demonstrate this in the sacrifice answer coming up in the next few verses, but do we know what that answer really is? Abram will ask, 'How will I know?' And so I ask, 'How will we know?' The answer is right in front of our noses! Just a few words away. Can you figure it out?

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