In NT times Abraham was honoured as the ancestor of
- Israel, Acts 13:26
- the levitical priesthood, Heb 7:5
- the Messiah himself, Mt 1:1
The popular Jewish superstition that racial descent from Abraham brought divine blessing with it is refuted by
- John the Baptist, Mt 3:9
- Paul, Rom 9:7
Nevertheless, the unity of the Hebrews as his descendants was a picture of the unity of believers in Christ, Gal 3:16, 29.
God’s children now inherit by faith those things granted to Abraham, including
- the oath, Lk 1:73
- the covenant, Acts 3:13
- the promise, Rom 4:13
- the blessing, Gal 3:14
Abraham’s faith was a type of that which leads to justification, Rom 4:3-12, a pre-Christ proclamation of the universal gospel Gal 3:8.
Abraham provides outstanding examples of faith in action in his
- obedience by faith to his call from Ur to the nomadic life of a ‘stranger and pilgrim’
- his offering of Isaac are listed as outstanding examples of faith in action, Heb 11:8-19; Jas 2:21.
Based on art. in New Bible Dictionary