Problem

How was Abraham Made Righteous?

Genesis 15:16 - But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
Romans 4:5 - But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
James 2:21 - Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Romans and Genesis say it was by faith he was made righteous.
James says it was through works.

Ive heard the argument of the prior being justified in the eyes of God while the latter being in the eyes of men. That would solve things, but can we get any verses to back that notion up?


Solution

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Simply put, Romans 4 speaks of Abraham's Sanctification, while James 2 speaks of his Justification. Unlike us, Abraham was Sanctified and Justified at two different times: he received God's imputed Righteousness (Sanctification) when he believed God, but his works were declared righteous (Justification) when he obeyed God in offering up Isaac.

These are two separate events, and should be treated as such. There is no contradiction whatsoever.

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