Abraham Holding Fast To The Will Of God

Lesson 9: "Out of the Darkness" Genesis 17:1-8; Eph. 4-6

"I am God Almighty, walk before me and be blameless." Genesis 17:1

What's in a name?

Walk before me and be blameless

A New Testament parallel

    1. Walk Worthy (Eph. 4:1) Abraham had been called out of a pagan world. Now, God Almighty says live like one called by the Invincible God
    2. Walk No Longer As The Gentiles Walk (4:17) Don't fall back into the old ways, or the worldly ways. First Century Roman Empire was wicked and pagan. Abraham fell back into his pagan ways and father Ishmael with a surrogate.
    3. Walk In Love (5:2) Abraham did show that with Lot. Love is sacrificial and unconditional.
    4. Walk As Children Of Light (5:8) See John 8:12,39-40. Notice what that says about Abraham. When we hear the Truth, do we change? Or do we stay in darkness?
    5. Walk Carefully (5:15) Understand what God's will is (5:15-17). Abraham may have thought he understood God's will, but made a mistake because he didn't consult God.

2 Principles

#1) As Christians, the way we live should reflect our high calling and position in Christ (Rom. 8:17)

#2) To live a life that honors the name of Christ we need to able to test God's will (Rom. 12:2)

For next week, read Genesis 18:1 - 15