What do we mean when we talk of “the life of faith?” Come and join us for worship this Sunday morning at 10:30 am as we begin a new sermon series on the life of Abraham. This Sunday we will look at Genesis 11:27-12:9.
Iain Duguid writes: “What we see in Genesis 12 is nothing short of a new beginning for mankind. In the first eleven chapters of Genesis, we observe the slow, steady, shocking spread of sin from its origin in the Garden of Eden. Five times in these chapters, God’s solemn curse is pronounced upon sin and sinners, replacing the original blessing upon life in the Garden. But now God begins the process of re-creating for himself a people by pronouncing a fivefold blessing upon Abram. God will bless Abram and turn him into the very embodiment of blessing, a living model of what blessing should be.
What the builders of the Tower of Babel sought to do in their own behalf and failed to accomplish—to establish a lasting city and thus make a name for themselves—God will do for Abram. God will make him into a nation and make his name great. The way of blessing that was once marked by the Tree of Life and then by Noah’s ark is now marked by identification with Abram and his seed.
Genesis 12 is not just about Abram’s successes and failures. It also points forward to the coming of Christ (Galatians 3:16). Did Abram leave home and family to go to a backward nation at God’s command? Jesus did more than that. He left the Father’s side in heaven to come to earth, to an insignificant town in a second-rate state, where he lived unnoticed for thirty years (Philippians 2:6-8).
Abram received a great name, but Christ has received the “name that is above every name,” that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow” (Philippians 2:9-10). Those who come to Christ and are incorporated into him receive in him every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1).”
The life of faith is about trusting in the person and work of Christ. Come to Emmaus Road Reformed Church this Sunday as we worship the Triune God of Scripture and learn more about the life of faith.