Abraham’s Kin

Scott Hoezee

Read: Galatians 3:7-9

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. (v. 7)

One of the most striking things Paul learned after his conversion is that in Christ anyone could be grafted onto the family tree of Israel. You did not need to trace your genealogy back to Abraham to be a child of Abraham. What’s more, the way you became a child of Abraham was the same way Abraham himself became a child of God: simple belief. When God promised Abraham a future that was beyond his wildest dreams, Abraham accepted the promise. God then declared Abraham a righteous man as a result.

As with Abraham, so for all of us: God’s promises of life and salvation come to us from out of a clear blue sky. Although we may not reflect on this as much as we should, those same promises are as wildly improbable as God’s promise to a childless pair of senior citizens that they’d become the parents of a people outnumbering the sands on the seashore. God promises to deliver eternal life to us, free of charge, if only we believe the promise by grace. This goes against every normal human calculation. You can’t get something for nothing. It’s not fair that rotten people can get saved the same way upright citizens get saved. But there it is. This is God’s proffer of salvation.

Abraham believed it and God declared him righteous. It was that simple. It was that wild. And it still is for us today. —Scott Hoezee

Prayer: For the free gift of eternal life, we praise you now and forever, O Lord.