SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY
"And he believed in the Lord, and He counted it to him for righteousness." --Gen. 15:6.
"What shall we then say that Abraham, our father as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." --Rom. 4:1-5
The passage in Genesis 15, refers to Abraham--to the promises God had made to him--to his faith in those promises, and to the Lord's acceptance of that faith. These topics are first brought to our view in Genesis 12, again in Gen. 17, and thenceforward frequently in the course of Abraham's history. The case was highly instructive, and St. Paul could not fail to see its important bearings. Hence the free use he makes of it as an illustration, both of what faith, and of its results.
In treating this subject, it is important,
I. TO NOTICE THE FOUNDATION OF ABRAHAM'S FAITH.
II. SOME OF ITS CONDITIONS.
III. ITS GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS.
IV. ITS NATURAL RELATIONS AND RESULTS.