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Abraham's Reward

January 25, 2020
By Martin Luther

“And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws."

GENESIS 26:4-5

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Abraham's Reward

These are grand and glorious things, and they cannot be repeated and impressed enough; for they are words of comfort and eternal life. Thus Christ impresses the same things on His disciples often and diligently, as in John 14:1: "Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me." Likewise (John 14:19): "Because I live, you will live also." Likewise (John 16:33): "Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world and the devil." How? "Through My victory, which is yours." This passage concerning Abraham's promise and faith is the chief and foremost passage in all Holy Scripture. Thus Christ praises this faith in John 8:56 when He says: "Abraham saw My day and was glad." . . . For this blessing was not given to Abraham in order that he might be made righteous through it; but since he was already righteous through faith, he received this blessing as a very excellent reward. He is righteous, obedient, and saintly. And because he is so obedient, he will be exalted to such an extent that Christ will put on flesh from his seed, as Romans 9:5 says. It is indeed a great honor that He who is the Son of God, the Destroyer of hell, the Victor over death, the Abrogator of the Law, and the Restorer of eternal life comes from the seed of Abraham.

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