FURTHER STUDY: Abraham's consecration and faith qualified him to be the spiritual forefather of the faithful in all ages to come. Scripture repeatedly presents his example as worthy of following because he lived with a conscientious desire to glorify God. One of Abraham's distinguishing characteristics was that he taught and spiritually guided his entire household (Gen. 18:19). His own reverence for God was a convincing example to them.
Furthermore, he was a missionary for Christ to unbelievers. "Wherever he pitched his tent, he set up beside it the altar for sacrifice and worship. When the tent was removed, the altar remained; and many a roving Canaanite, whose knowledge of God had been gained from the life of Abraham His servant, tarried at that altar to offer sacrifice to Jehovah."--Education, p. 187.
Read "Abraham in Canaan and "The Test of Faith" in Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 132-155. Compare Romans 4 with Galatians 3 and 4 and James 2.
SUMMARY: Abraham's faith was based on his personal knowledge of God and on love for Him. He obeyed God by faith and guided his household into a pure and godly way of life. Women, men, and children who are part of God's household, His true church, will through fai h partake of the same virtues Abraham possessed and will exert the same influence for good on others that he did.