And the scripture was fulfilled which saith,
Abraham believed God,
and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:
and he was called the Friend of God. James 2:23
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what HE had promised, HE was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Rom.4:19-22
... They which are of faith,
the same are the children of Abraham. Galatians 3:7
But Abraham's faith was made manifest by his works.
"Was not Abraham our father justified by works,
when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works,
and by works was faith made perfect.?" James 2:21, 22.
There are many who fail to understand the relation of faith and works.
They say, "Only believe in Christ,
and you are safe.
You have nothing to do with keeping the law."
But genuine faith will be manifest in obedience.
Said Christ to the unbelieving Jews,
"If ye were Abraham's children,
ye would do the works of Abraham." John 8:39.
And concerning the father of the faithful the Lord declares,
"Abraham obeyed My voice,
and kept My charge,
and My laws." Genesis 26:5
Says the apostle James,
if it hath not works,
being alone." James 2:17
who dwells so fully upon love,
tells us, "This is the love of God,t
hat we keep His commandments." 1 John 5:3GTHN!