Real Faith and the Only Son – Gospel in Life

Real Faith and the Only Son

Tim Keller |  June 17, 2001

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  • Purpose and Calling
  • Jesus' Death & Resurrection
Genesis 22:1-14
RS 129-7

Genesis 22:1–14

The story of Abraham’s life, especially one key event, is a powerful piece of ancient literature. We should focus on three parts: the nature of the call, the fear of the test, and the wonder of the Lamb. These parts show us deep truths and life-changing lessons found in the story.

1. The nature of the call

The story of Abraham being told to sacrifice Isaac shows us how important it is to listen to God’s call in our lives, going beyond just doing what’s right or wrong. The story of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ life-changing experience shows us how much we need God. When we realize that we can’t do everything on our own and need God, it gives us a firm foundation in our lives. It warns us not to rely too much on what others think of us or our own abilities, and it shows us that a truly good life can’t be found without God.

2. The fear of the test

Kierkegaard’s ideas tell us that answering God’s call often means making choices that don’t seem to make sense. The importance of the firstborn child in old cultures shows us the idea of owing something to God, seen in the possible sacrifice or saving of the firstborn. The struggle between what God says and what He promises, His perfection and kindness, can be seen in Abraham’s challenge. It makes us think about how fairness and kindness can both exist in a world full of both good and bad things.

3. The wonder of the Lamb

Abraham’s journey up the mountain, believing that God would provide a lamb for the sacrifice, shows a deep love and obedience. This story highlights the mystery of God’s fairness and kindness, answered by Jesus’ sacrifice, similar to Isaac’s almost-sacrifice. This allows God to keep His promise of saving us while also paying for our wrongdoings. The cross then becomes a sign of hope, love, and acceptance. It encourages us to find our value in God instead of things we own, and to truly accept the life-changing effect of Jesus’ sacrifice, instead of just trying to do everything ourselves.



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