The Calling Of Abraham
In Genesis 12:1-3 we read about the initial calling of Abraham (which eventually led to God’s plan of salvation for both Jews and Gentiles). God confirms His plan over and again through the covenants He makes with Abraham’s son and descendants.
In the New Testament (Galatians 3:8), we read an astounding statement regarding Abraham’s knowledge of the Gospel: “The Scripture foreseeing God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham by saying, ‘All the nations will be blessed by you.’ ”
Fulfillment Of A Promise
God spoke to Abraham in many ways throughout his lifetime. He confirmed the covenant with him and made sure Abraham knew it would be through his son Isaac (not Ishmael) that the promise of the covenant would endure. Abraham waited years for this promise to be realized and God was faithful to His word. In due time, Isaac was born.
One might wonder when—and even whether—Abraham fully grasped the meaning of the Gospel he had been given. He knew the covenant was everlasting and that through him all nations would be blessed. But how? The answer came sometime later. We can read about it in Genesis chapter 22.
Abraham was instructed by God to sacrifice his only son on Mount Moriah. Isaac willingly climbed on the altar to give his life to the God he worshipped. God however intervened and provided a ram as the substitutionary sacrifice in Isaac’s stead. In doing this, God painted the perfect picture of what He would do centuries later (through His own son Jesus, the Lamb of God) to save the world from their sins.
Can you imagine as Abraham and Isaac descended the mountain what they must have talked about? Perhaps that is when the light came on and they fully understood that God would one day send His only Son to take our place on the cross and pay our debt. A story like that would have to be shared with others and passed on generation to generation until it was totally fulfilled in Christ Jesus.
This is the Gospel that was preached beforehand to Abraham. He understood fully and was saved