What’s Abraham’s blessing? Is it only related to the Jews? Or is it also related to the Gentiles? Unless we have a Christ-centered approach (hermeneutic) to the Bible, we may easily drift from the central point of God’s Word–the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
When Adam and Eve rebelled, sin and death entered the human race. God, however, promised a victorious deliverer: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15).
As time went by, God chose Abram and his offspring to be the recipients of the Deliverer: “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:2-3). While Abram and his lineage were specifically chosen, the blessing was for “all the families of the earth.”
Abraham’s blessing is defined as follows: “And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God” (Gen. 17:8). Paul associated this promise with the new earth: “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world . . .” (Rom. 4:13). A new earth with God as our God is Abraham’s blessing, which is also for “all the families of the earth.”
Jesus came as our victorious Deliverer, conquering sin, death, and Satan: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Paul stated that as follows: “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Col. 2:15). Jesus became a curse for us so that we’ll have Abraham’s blessing.
This blessing can only be enjoyed “in Christ Jesus” and contains “the promised Spirit”—God being our God. When we’re “in Christ,” we have Abraham’s everlasting blessing which is another word for the gospel. Paul made that connection when he wrote: “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29). While the fullness of this promise will only be realized in glory, we already have received “the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:14).
The Devotional Writer
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