ABRAHAM: THE SOURCE OF THE THREE 3 LEADING WORLD RELIGIONS.
Abraham is a name that you would hardly find a person in the whole wide world who would not have something to say about him. This is understandable because Abraham is the source of the three leading religions of the world: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
All these three religions mentioned above, see their origin as being one way or the other connected to the person of Abraham. In all over 3 billion people claim Abraham as their progenitor. Wow, what a heritage! What an influence! What a generation!
What is it that gave Abraham the honor to become the progenitor of such a great dynasty? That is the question that we are going to try to explore in this article. Even more importantly though, I am going to try and answer the question, what can I and you do to deserve such an honor?
As a Christian for almost 30 years, I have been privileged to have listened to thousands of messages surrounding the topic of Abraham. Ministers of God have preached about Christians been the heir of Abraham. We have spoken vastly about the blessings of Abraham. Some have preached on the faith of Abraham, yet others have laid emphasis on the fact that we are all children of Abraham. There could be no end to variations of messages and teachings surrounding the person of Abraham.
No matter how we turn and twist this subject, in my thinking, the bottom line is for us to discover for ourselves how we could all replicate the feat of Father Abraham.
“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know you therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” Galatians 3:6-9
1. A SOLEMN LESSON:
A paramount truth from this scripture is that The Almighty God is opening the eyes of every person everywhere to see the possibility of bringing salvation to whole nations, cities and countries. This is a very, very significant truth that we must pay attention to. I’m not sure you see what I am trying to point out yet.
The story of Abraham opens up a whole world of possibilities for us as individuals and for every nation under the sun. The opportunity is that every nation on earth has the chance of experiencing salvation. What we have learnt from the example of Abraham is that every nation could experience redemption just as individuals do. This is a very sombre realization.
The purpose of this story of Abraham, the reason why God had to put it in the Bible is not just for us to know it as a story. I also don’t think that God documented Abraham’s feat only for us as ordinary mortals to simply admire and sing praises of how great Abraham was. No sir! Yes on one hand we could clearly see what Abraham became, but even more importantly, we are all supposed to see how great we could become as we follow the footsteps of Abraham. Please remember this lesson.
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- Don’t know the story without the exploits
- Principles and God’s plans.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.