According to Genesis 15:6, "Abram believed the LORD , and he credited it to him as righteousness." This is the verse that Romans 4:3 refers to when talking about righteousness apart from the works of the law. Hebrews 11:8-10 says (referring back to Genesis 12:1-4): "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God." My question is this: Since Gen. 12:1-4 occured before Gen. 15:6, was it possible for Abraham to have true faith (Gen 12:1-4) before he was actually justified by God (Gen. 15:6)? If righteousness was not credited to Abraham until later, what do we make of his "faith" prior to that time? After all, it was significant enough to be mentioned in Hebrews 11.