The promises that God makes to his people in the Bible are extraordinary promises that are often times fulfilled against all odds. And with every promise that we examine in Scripture we are able to walk away marveling at what God has done. Such is the promise that God made to Abraham to bless the whole world through his offspring. The interesting thing is that Abraham and his wife were childless. And worse yet they were beyond child bearing age. But that didn’t stop God from making the promise and it didn’t stop him from fulfilling it. Amazingly Abraham believed and the Bible says God counted it to him as righteousness. He believed that God would fulfill everything he had promised.
In spite of his belief in the promise Abraham did try and take matters into his own hands. Since his wife Sarai was barren they decided that perhaps Abraham could have children for Sarai with her servant Hagar. This presented its own set of family difficulties but God lets Abraham know that this is not what he meant when he said that Abraham would have an offspring. The promise was that he would have a son with his wife Sarai who was far beyond child bearing age. In essence, her womb was dead. Therefore when Abraham believed God he was believing in the God who brings life from the dead. God gave life to the dead parts of Sarai and Abraham and today God continues to give life to the dead through the true offspring of Abraham which is Jesus Christ.
Indeed there are spiritually dead people that God gives life to through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. These are people who believe as Abraham believed and it is counted to them as righteousness. And because God has done these things we can believe Jesus when he says, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” God made a promise to Abraham to bless the whole world through him and that promise is ultimately fulfilled in Christ.