Galatians 3:6-9 – “Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. 8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.” NASU
God told Abram, I will make you a GREAT NATION and ALL NATIONS will be blessed in you. The Promises and Covenant made to Abraham, according to the New Testament, especially Galatians belong to the Believer in the New Testament Church. I believe that we have missed a great truth in our view of things natural and spiritual. The issue for many today is natural and national Israel and while that is important that is not the primary focus of the Abrahamic Blessing. God’s focus is on WHO WE ARE and WHOSE WE ARE. We have a heritage, position, provision, power, and authority in Him and when we discover HIS PROMISE to the Church I believe we will turn the world upside down.
We tend to be divisive. We divide everything in the bible into two distinctly separate areas. We have the Old Testament and the New Testament. We have Natural Israel and the Church. We have one Covenant for them and one Covenant for the Church. What do you do with the declaration of God in Ephesians 2:14-15 where we are told that God pulled down the dividing wall between the Jew and the Believer and made of them ONE NEW MAN? If we keep everything separate how do, we get to the UNIFIED? What do we do with Galatians 3:7, “Therefore, be sure that it is those who are OF FAITH that are the sons of Abraham.”? Paul even quotes the Abrahamic covenant in the next verse, “…the scriptures foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Gospel beforehand to Abraham saying, ALL NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” Then, in the last verse, He makes it even clearer that it is FAITH not RACE that makes one a child of Abraham and an heir to the Promise. It is the ONE NEW MAN. I find that glorious and encouraging for both Israel and the Church. We are the ONE NEW MAN in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Abrahamic Covenant belongs to BELIEVERS.
Let me remind you of three things that hopefully will encourage your hearts:
- We have a defeated devil we are dealing with.
- We have been restored to relationship and sonship through the blood of Jesus.
- Everything God Promised to Abraham is Ours.
Secondly, God said, “I will BLESS YOU.” There is too much there to address in a short devotional. Third, God told Abram, “I will MAKE YOUR NAME GREAT.” Just briefly, I remind you that according to Galatians we are Abraham’s seed and we are in Christ, joined to Jesus, one with Him. Remember? We read in Philippians 2:9-11, “A For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Also in Acts 4:12, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” WE ARE JOINED TO THAT NAME! Fourth, God said, “I will MAKE YOU A BLESSING.” He would not just be blessed but he would be a blessing. You can only give what you have not what you hope you will have. We HAVE BEEN blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. If we receive the full meaning of Isaiah 61 we will BE A BLESSING. Fifth, He said, “I will BLESS those who BLESS YOU and I will CURSE those who CURSE you.” That is incredible. If Abraham’s Blessing and Covenant belong to the Believer that belongs to us today just as much as it did to them then. Then, God said, ”IN YOU all the families of the earth will BE BLESSED!”
I hope you see the Progression of the Promise and Purpose. God moved from the Person of Abraham and his natural descendants to the Entire World. The objective of God is a manifestation of His Glory in this present world through the Faith Children of Abraham – BELIEVERS! The declaration of Romans 4:13 is incredible, “For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants is that he would be HEIR of the World WAS NOT through the Law, but through the Righteousness of Faith.” God’s focus is the ENTIRE WORLD and all the PEOPLE of that world.
In Jesus’ Finished Work we have Total Victory over the devil. We are IN Christ, JOINED to Him as one. When the devil, meets you, he meets Jesus. We have been given rule and authority over all the power and authority of the devil. We are the people through which God’s desire of BLESSING THE WORLD is to be fulfilled and realized. We have a Covenant with God that Promises Us Blessing, Authority, and Power to accomplish the task He has set before us which is to MANIFEST HIS GLORY!
Jesus is Coming Back and He is coming back for a people, a body, a bride, a church that is GLORIOUS! He is coming back for a people who are walking in the fullness of COVENANT. He is coming back for those who are Overwhelmingly Conquerors through Him and His Finished World. We need to focus on the Vision of God, plan and prepare for that Mission, and place our total dependence on God. We are engaged in a WON WAR and we need to learn to enforce the victory of Calvary. IT IS FINISHED is His promise and provision to enable us to complete our assignment!
God, bless you richly as you enjoy this day of victorious living.