The Whole World
| In Romans chapter
four Paul refers to a promise that involves the whole world. It was the
promise God gave to Abraham with reference to Christ (Gal. 3: 16). The
promise was not given on the basis of any moral law, nor the Mosaic Law
which was yet to come, but on the basis of being made righteous by a
system of faith that includes grace, mercy, love, the blood of Christ, law
Paul said Abraham was to be the father of many nations in the sense that his spiritual children, Christians, would be found, not in just one nation like the Jews, but many nations. This is as Isaiah foretold (Isa. 2: 2) and as Peter taught in Acts 10: 34, 35), ""Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons but in every nation he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is accepted with him."