By Jonah Doctura | 2016
Abraham trusted The Almighty and His promises. The Hebrew root word for "faith" is found in the Hebrew words for faithfulness, truth, verification, one’s right hand, the skilled workman, the artist, the foster father, or training. It had to do with what or whom you trust. So FAITH in the Hebrew sense is the All-inclusive Trust of one’s complete being in one or the One who is faithful.
Justification and righteousness were credited to Abraham’s account because of the righteousness that Yeshua would one day bring. On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the faithful had pronounced to them that All their sins were forgiven.
When Apostle Paul says, "In former times you were ignorant," he is speaking to the lost sheep of the House of Israel scattered into the Gentile nations. YHWH had judged them by a certain standard because of their ignorance. But the Jewish people from the House of Judah received a different message (exemplified by Nicodemus). In Luke 24:25 (Yeshua on the road to Emmaus) And He said to them, O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe on all things which the prophets spoke!
The Master rebuked them because they didn’t know their own heritage. even Nicodemus in John 3:10, saying: You are Israel’s teacher, and you do not understand these things? Forgiveness of sins, justification before YHWH, regeneration, restoration of the soul, and divine life were all part of Israel’s Heritage, though only the faithful in Israel, a small minority, had experienced them.
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