My understanding from reading the apostle Paul, is that a divine promise was given to Abraham that he and his seed would inherit a world.
“For the promise, that he should be heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith” (Romans 4:13).
I guess your question comes out of this text, that is what world would Abraham and his seed actually inherit?
Depending on your theological persuasion various answers could be given, but only one that I’m aware of harmonizes with other Scriptures. Some have suggested this present material world, or others present the view of a new material world to come. But from the context, to me, it is apparent that the “world in inheritance” was the one typified by Isaac in contrast to the world typified by Ishmael.
This promise according to Paul’s commentary in Romans, was not given, nor was it going to be received through the Law, therefore it was not the so-called Jewish world.
He explains that this is a promise that is declared to come through the righteousness of faith, or the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ,(1Cor.15:1-4) Therefore I would suggest that its reasonable to understand that the world of Romans 4:13 is the Christian world, the spiritual abode of Abraham’s seed through Christ. ~selah
We truly appreciate your comment, but I believe you were wanting this to refer to the December 24 podcast on Romans 4:13. I’m going to post a copy of this onto that subject so that others may benefit from your discussion with Toby. Thanks a lot and have a great day!
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