Abraham was, for the Apostle Paul, extremely significant in understanding what it means to have faith in God. What intrigues Paul is that Abraham was considered “righteous” without the presence or practice of the Mosaic Law in Abraham’s life. For a person like Paul, who used to be a Pharisee, the idea that one could be considered righteous without practicing the Mosaic Law would be like saying the fastest car in the world is the one without wheels. For Paul, understanding Abraham’s story was essential to understanding the true role of the Law, understanding the Messiah, and the salvation Christ extends to both Jew and Gentile.
If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about– but not before God. 3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”