Are we greater than Abraham?
Paul speaking of our father Abraham said he was imputed (credited) righteousness because he did not doubt the promises of God for him and his descendents. Paul in teaching the doctrine of salvation says the record of Abraham being credited righteousness from God wasn’t for just him, but for us too. Why, because we, as followers of Christ will be credited the same righteousness. Paul’s doctrine of salvation states, we who hope in Christ have also been imputed the same righteousness as our father Abraham.
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Abraham and his descendents were credited a righteous not their own. The sign of the righteousness that God gave them was circumcision. Paul’s doctrine of salvation teaches that Abraham is the father of all that believe. This includes believers today. He is the father of all circumcised and uncircumcised believers. Paul’s doctrine of salvation teaches, those whose walk is the same faith of Abraham have been imputed this same righteousness as the people of Israel.
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
Our father Abraham had imputed righteousness, and we too, as followers of the faith of Abraham, have the same righteousness imputed to us. We have nothing over our father Abraham.
I have been advocating scripture teaches believers in Christ have a hope of salvation. That we have not been saved at conversion, but will receive salvation when our salvation (Christ) returns. That we have a promise of salvation and we need to hope in our promises just as our father Abraham.
The church teaches we have been saved and when we receive our salvation we are imputed righteousness. Paul taught just the opposite. He taught, just as our father Abraham was imputed righteousness, so we are imputed righteousness. And what was his situation when he was imputed this righteousness? Was it before Christ paid for his sins or after? It wasn’t after but before Christ died for his sins. Let’s say about 2,000 years before Christ paid for his sins. How is it that Abraham is credit righteousness before salvation, but church doctrine teaches ours is after salvation?
If Abraham is our father and we are to walk in the same footsteps of faith as Abraham, how can we claim to have the same faith as his, when we say we have received the promise of salvation? And what was the circumstance of Abraham’s faith when he was credited this righteousness, was it before the promise was fulfilled or after? It wasn’t after but before the promise was fulfilled. Yet we say we are credited righteousness after the promise was fulfilled. How can we walk in the same footsteps of faith as Abraham, when his was based on a promise and we say ours is based on fact.
So what do we see in Paul’s doctrine of salvation? We see Abraham as our example who, before sin was atoned for, was credited a righteousness as our example and father in the faith. We see Abraham as an example who, before the promise was fulfilled, believed in the promise and received the benefit of his belief in the promise.
So my presentation of salvation in The Gospel According to the Gospel is not contradictory to Paul’s doctrine of salvation, it is Paul’s doctrine of salvation. It is the church that has missed the doctrine of salvation that Paul taught in the book of Romans.
How can the church insist on preaching we have our righteousness imputed to us because we have received the promise, we have been saved? Are we greater than our father Abraham?
 Romans 4:20-24
 Romans 4:11-12