THE PRECEDENT

“And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” Genesis 15:6

We hear a lot about “precedent” these days, especially when it comes to constitutional and legal matters. Precedent is defined as an earlier occurrence of something similar,” and “a person or thing that serves as a model.” When you have precedent for something, it gives you grounds to take your stand.

Paul tells us in Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” So, what exactly gives Paul the boldness to make such a claim? It’s found in the precedent – God’s relationship with Abram, who became Abraham. Paul goes on to say in Romans 4:16, So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father (precedent) of all who believe.”

 And the news gets even better because this “salvation” does not just include you being saved from your sins and on your way to Heaven. The words “Saved” and “Salvation” in the Greek come from the word SOZO and mean to be saved, healed, delivered, preserved, protected, made prosperous and made whole.

Today, if there’s anything in your life that needs saving, just simply have faith in what God has provided through Jesus and receive.

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