Dispensational studies by Ralph M. Riggs

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Romans 4:11 is a proof that he believed that his seed would become a distinguished nation. L e sso n S ix 61 (4) The fourth thing which Abraham had to do was to believe that God would give him and Sarah a son, although they both were far beyond the age of life when children are born (Genesis 17:15-17). It was faith in this particular thing—life from the dead— which made him the father and example of those who believe in the resurrection of Christ from the dead, thus believing to eternal life (Romans 4:19-24; Ro­ mans 10:9).

T h e J u d g m e n t Again the members of the Trinity confer among themselves (cf. Genesis 3:22; 6:7), and judgm ent is determ ined (Genesis 11:5-7). T he confusing of tongues at Babel was not strictly a judgm ent but a means which God devised to compel man to disperse on the earth. It was, of course, a check on his sin and vaunting ambition, but full judgm ent on the postdilu­ vian world will not be meted out until the Great Tribulation time just ahead. It might even be considered that the diversity of hum an languages here introduced and laid upon man to his embarrassment and handicap was an am endment or addendum to the Noahic Covenant, bringing a new condition under which man must live throughout this dispensation.

The first family understood this clearly, and Seth, Enoch, Noah, and others of this godly line kept the testimony alive through all the Antediluvian Age (Hebrews 11:4-7). 3. Two A t t i t u d e s T o w a r d G o d ’s P r o v is io n a. The right A penitence for sin, a return to God, and faith in and L esson F our 43 obedience to God’s way, were shown by Abel, Adam’s second-born, in his presentation of an offering of blood (Genesis 4:4; Hebrews 11:4). b. The wrong Cain also appeared before God with an offering, thus demonstrating that the religious instinct is com­ mon to men; yet he ignored the Redeemer, Christ, and the way of the blood, and presented instead his own works, the fruit of his hands.

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