If Abraham was considered righteous because of his faith in God why was Israel given the law?


Clarify Share Report Asked January 29 2015 Data Bill Gillan

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Q jcryle001 JD Abshire
A distinction needs to be made between spiritual Israel and corporate Israel. The later is comprised of both believers and non believers just like our society today. Being of Jewish descent is no more a guarantee of being one of God's elect than you or myself being Bill Gates 15th cousin guarantees us a brilliant mind and financial success.

Paul stated in Romans 9: 6-8 " Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed." 

Romans 5:13 "(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law."

Romans 5:20 "Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:"

I believe the Apostle Paul is stating in verse 5 that a charge of sin is not imputed or laid to one's account if there is no law to forbid the act or action. I.e. how could I be charged with doing 10 miles per hour over the speed limit (breaking the law) if there is no speed limit? 

In verse 20 we find out why the law was implemented, that sinful acts or actions could be justly condemned, man would then be aware of his terrible, sinful condition and inability to keep the law in compliance with God's righteous demands. The penitent would then realize his need for a savior, a redeemer, the only that can save from sin, death and hell.

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Mini Dave Larsen Husband, father and grand father. Student of the Messiah.
Abraham is called a prophet three times in Scripture. When GOD credited Abraham with righteousness it was for believing in the promised son. The promised son that Abraham received when he was one hundred, GOD commands him to sacrifice. GOD calls Isaac his only son though Abraham has two sons. Isaac carried the wood for his own sacrifice, as did Yoshua when He was sacrificed. Abraham’s promised son Isaac was a prophetic picture of the promised Son of GOD. 

When GOD credited Abraham with righteousness it says GOD came as the WORD. Yoshua is the WORD and the promised Son, all who believe in the Son will be credited with righteousness. 

After Abraham is credited as being righteous he asks how “he can know he will inherit the promised land.” He is not asking on behalf of his descendants. GOD has him set up a cut covenant. A cut covenant is a contract guaranteeing the one making it will fulfill it even if they have to die. Then GOD has a smoking furnace and a blazing torch pass between the pieces of the cut covenant. 

When GOD gave the Law on Mt Sinai He spoke through fire and smoke that looked like a smoking furnace. 

Exodus 19:18: Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain[a] trembled violently.

The blazing torch is Yoshua. 

Isaiah 62:1:
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.

Yoshua is the WORD, He is the Law, He is the light that gives life to the world. The WORD of GOD died on the cross so all who believe in the Son could enter the promised land.

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