Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


January 5, 2010

I'm no accountant. But a credit, simply put, is something that is on account, in other words, owed to you.

Abraham believed the Lord, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
- Genesis 15:6 TNIV

This Old Testament patriarch, Abraham, teaches us about New Testament faith in Christ. It's not our merit, our works, that put us right with God, but trusting, believing God's promise--that puts a credit of righteousness on our account. Yet this fantastic, but strange story in Genesis 15 has Abraham questioning God: "How do I know you will keep your promise?" To which God asks Abraham to offer a sacrifice--he chops in two a cow, a goat, a sheep, a dove and a pigeon, and Abraham arranges the two pieces of each dead animal opposite one another with a path in between. That night a fiery torch passes down that path, and Abraham witnesses it all. God says in that torch, "If I do not keep my promise, may I be like these dead animals, chopped in two.

In doing so, God covenanted with Abraham, and Abraham believed God--and it was credited to him as righteousness--he was right with his God. God has made that same covenant with all who put their faith in him.

Dale Patterson