What command did the God of heaven give to Abraham? "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee. " Genesis 12:1.
Did Abraham obey this command? "So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran." Verse 4.
Of what was Abraham's obedience the result, or fruit? "By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went." Hebrews 11:8, R.V.
What later command did the Lord give to Abraham? "And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of ."
Upon what ground were the previous promises made to Abraham later renewed? "And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed My voice." Verses 16-18.
What was it that enabled Abraham to obey the great test? "By faith Abraham when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son." Hebrews 11: 17.
Of what were the works of Abraham an evidence? "Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?" James 2:21.
By his actions, or works, what was shown to be perfect? "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?" Verse 22.
What is genuine faith? "In Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love." Galatians 5:6.
What is the purpose of the grace of Christ? "Through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all nations, for His name's sake." Romans 1:5, R.V.
What was the effect of the Apostles' preaching upon the hearers? "And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith." Acts 6:7.
How highly does God regard obedience in the lives of men? "And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22.
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