16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
Many of us like to research our lineage. Websites like Ancestry.com and 23andme.com are popular for people who want to know more about their ancestors and, by extension, themselves. In this passage, Paul tells us that we are the spiritual offspring of Abraham. As we accept God’s grace and walk in faith, we are adopted into God’s family and can enjoy the promised inheritance.
But our inheritance is not money, land or title. It is life. It is the power of a God who “calls into being things that were not.” We serve a God of miracles. A God who sent His one and only son to die on a cross to defeat death itself. And His gift to us is eternal life as we put our trust in Him (Charlie).
Thoughts for the day
- What does it mean to be a descendant of Abraham?
- How are you claiming your inheritance?
- In what ways has God “called into being things that were not” in your own life?
Pray and give thanks for:
…the truth of these words, “God with us”
…the impact of the birth of Jesus,
…the reality that God is with us, now.