John 8:54-58 – “…Before Abraham was, I am.”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.
55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
If we say that we know God and yet we do not keep His words, then we are liars. We dishonor Him by seeking to exalt and glorify ourselves. We know God if we obey His commandments. His words must be live or they will not be truth at all. Christ must be the center of our religion and not ourselves.
The Jews in Jesus’ time glory that they are the seeds of Abraham. Most of them keep the words of Abraham and yet, they failed to recognize the God whom Abraham worshipped. They failed to see the Great I AM, whom their forefathers had solemnly taught them.
The righteousness of our forefathers cannot, in any way, guarantee our salvation. The faithfulness of our parents or loved ones, even our good works cannot win our way into heaven. It is an individual work that every believer must work out with fear and trembling.
“You are to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, at the same time realizing that it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” – Ellen G. White
Only by accepting through faith the righteousness of Christ can we be saved.
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:12 NIV