It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring–not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
Reference: Romans 4: 13-17
Abraham received the promise: You will be the father of many nations. The covenant is eternal and involves land.
Is this a fair paraphrase?:
Your life is significant. Your influence and heritage will go on beyond your fleeting earthly years. God notices you and binds Himself to you in relationship.
Abraham is my father by faith. Time is a strange commodity, but I think he has been my father since before he had any children at all. It has taken generations for all of us to be born and grow and believe, but somehow I am there with him when the promise was made in a spiritual parallelism with Isaac being there with him as a physical zygote. Heirs to the promise! Me and Isaac! The Hebrew Children’s land of Canaan is my New Jerusalem. Their unbroken chain of the Chosen (father to son to grandson) is our eternal life in glory.
MY life is significant. My influence and heritage will go on beyond my fleeting earthly years. God notices me and binds Himself to His church in relationship.
Praise the Lord.