Abraham Father of Faith, & the Covenant of Circumcision

A Lifestyle of Holiness & Dedication to the Lord. Causing Us to be Unwavering in Faith

Romans 4:21-25

I asked the Lord recently how is Abraham the Father of Faith. After all Noah, Abel, and Enoch all lived before Abraham. All had faith. All are mentioned in the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11). How is it that none of these are called the father of faith?

Our answer is found in Genesis 17:10[1]

” This is my covenant, which ye [Abraham] shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised”. Abraham is the father of faith because he was given the covenant of circumcision. This covenant was not to Enoch, Abel, or Noah[A].

Circumcision is simply the cutting away of the flesh (sinful nature). This is where we become internally separated from the world, and worldly things (Colossians 2:11[2]). All of us who live in this world must go through this process.

Abraham Father of Faith for the Circumcision of the Heart

This is what made Abraham the father of faith.  This is the reason Jesus prayed “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15, NIV). This is how we live in the world but are not of it (1 John 2:15-17). 

God intended the circumcision of the heart to proceed the circumcision of the flesh. We see this in Abraham the father of faith[3], and the reverse in the people of Israel during the exile of Egypt[4]

Once Abraham fully believed God (see recap of Abraham and Sarah here) God “imputed[5] [it] to him for righteousness”:

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:21-25).

Circumcision of the heart caused Abraham to live a lifestyle of dedication and holiness to the Lord, making him unwavering in faith! Therefore: Abraham is the father of faith to all who believe: “first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”. (Romans 1:16, NIV). 

Abraham Father of faith

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If Abraham is the father of faith, then he is our father and we must believe like he believed, for “The disciple is not above his master” (Luke 6:40). We must become unmovable and steadfast in the promises of God. Knowing internally for “he is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23). 

Prayer

Lord, I lift up each person reading this. That You would draw us out of the world and into Your “marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). So that in Christ “we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). That we may imitate our father Abraham, and be a beacon of light to the world (Matthew 5:14), shining for Your Son, in Jesus’ name.


[1]Interesting this in in verse 10: ten represents the completion, or end of a thing. 

[2]Col 2:11 says it’s Jesus Himself who circumcises us.

[3]In Gen 17 when God appeared to Abram and changed his name, faith charged his being. He never again staggered at the promise of God (Rom 4:20). (See Abraham and Sarah.)

[4]In Joshua 5 God told Joshua to circumcise the second generation of Israelites; meaning, the first generation was circumcised. However, when they were circumcised their heart was still full of the things of this world. That’s why they never entered the Promised Land.

[5]The word imputed here is the Greek word logizomai meaning to “reckon, to calculate, to decide”.  This shows us God used His mental faculties and reasoned that our belief in His promises is righteous. The salvation of the Lord can be reasoned. In other words, the things of God makes sense to us. (If we’ll just meditate and think about them.) The ways of God are not too high for us to grasp; after all, we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16). 

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