Genesis 15:6

6 Abram put his trust in the Lord, and because of this the Lord was pleased with him and accepted him. 1

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Genesis 15:6 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 15:6

And he believed in the Lord
The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan are,

``in the Word of the Lord;''

in the essential Word of the Lord, in Christ the Lord his righteousness; he believed in the promise of God, that he should have a seed, and a very numerous one; he believed that the Messiah would spring from his seed; he believed in him as his Saviour and Redeemer; he believed in him for righteousness, and he believed in his righteousness as justifying him before God:

and he counted it to him for righteousness;
not the act of his faith, but the object of it; and not the promise he believed, but what was promised, and his faith received, even Christ and his righteousness this was imputed to him without works, and while he was an uncircumcised person, for the proof of which the apostle produces this passage, ( Romans 4:3 Romans 4:10 Romans 4:23 Romans 4:24 ) ; wherefore this is not to be understood of any action of his being esteemed and accounted a righteous one, and he pronounced and acknowledged a righteous person on account of it; for Abram was not justified before God by his own works, but by the righteousness of faith, as all that believe are, that is, by the righteousness of Christ revealed to faith, and received by it: what is imputed is without a man, and the imputation of it depends upon the will of another; such the righteousness of Christ without works imputed by God the Father. This is the first time we read of believing, and as early do we hear of imputed righteousness.

Genesis 15:6 In-Context

4 Then he heard the Lord speaking to him again: "This slave Eliezer will not inherit your property; your own son will be your heir."
5 The Lord took him outside and said, "Look at the sky and try to count the stars; you will have as many descendants as that."
6 Abram put his trust in the Lord, and because of this the Lord was pleased with him and accepted him.
7 Then the Lord said to him, "I am the Lord, who led you out of Ur in Babylonia, to give you this land as your own."
8 But Abram asked, "Sovereign Lord, how can I know that it will be mine?"

Cross References 1

  • 1. 15.6 +21Macc 2.52; +1Ro 4.3;Galatians 3.6;James 2.23.