For the past few weeks, I have been studying Sojourners (those who left their native land to dwell in another land) in the Bible and how God dealt with them – his faithfulness and protection of them. In the course of my study, I came upon this popular scripture where Abraham was called and blessed by God.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you…Genesis 12: 1- 3
As I meditated on it, I wondered what it meant. I have been taught about Abraham’s blessings but not what it really means and whenever I claimed Abraham’s blessings, I claimed his wealth and influence because that is what I thought the blessing was. Further in my study, I came to understand the true meaning of Abraham’s blessing which I plan to share with you today. In the typical Bible study methods, one scripture always answers the question left by another scripture. The answer to this question is answered in Galatians 3 by Paul which we are going to study today. Let’s begin.
So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith. – Galatians 3:9
The above scripture is typically used to directly tie Abraham’s blessings to us in today’s times and correctly so. The scripture clearly says Abraham’s blessings are ours (we who share the same faith in Christ) but this scripture doesn’t mean that the blessing is wealth or money. The presence of the phrase ‘Abraham received because of his faith’ was what got me thinking. The only 2 things that Abraham used his faith for as recorded in the Bible was leaving home and his child Isaac (Hebrews 11: 8 – 10) and neither had anything to do with wealth so i became really curious. I then read the whole of Galatians 3 because the first way to interpret a verse of scripture is to understand the context within which it sits.
Let’s explore the Chapter
Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. – Galatians 3:2
Paul began the chapter by asking the Galatians to consider how they received the Holy Spirit. We can deduce from verses 1 – 4 that the Galatians had begun to behave as though they were under the law and thus Paul was writing to them to correct this notion.
I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. – Galatians 3: 5- 7
From verses 5 – 7 we can clearly see that Paul was referring to the Holy Spirit. Paul also clearly said that Abraham obtained his righteousness not by his works but by faith and that we are children of Abraham (i.e. inheritors of the blessing of Abraham) when we put our faith in God. But what exactly do we inherit?
What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith – Galatians 3:8-9
In these 2 verses, Paul is directly tying ‘being made right with God through faith’ to ‘Abraham’s blessing’. At this point, we can clearly say that the blessing Abraham received because of his faith was righteousness or being right with God. This is the blessing.
But let’s continue. Galatians 3:8 references another scripture, Genesis 22:18 which says
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice (KJV)
This scripture says that through Abraham’s seed, and this definitely doesn’t refer to his children or natural descendants because if it does then Abraham’s blessing would be just the Jews which would negate Galatians 3:8 and it would contradict itself because all the nations of the world include even gentile nations.
In this same chapter, Galatians 3, we get the explanation to Genesis 22:18
God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child”—and that, of course, means Christ. – Galatians 3:16
Jesus Christ is the seed of Abraham through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed with the blessing of Abraham. What blessing did Jesus bring to the whole world? Right standing with God i.e. righteousness.
Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. – Galatians 3:14
Verse 14 puts it very clearly: the same blessing promised to Abraham is the blessing we receive by faith through Christ – righteousness and the Holy Spirit.
The blessing of Abraham is right standing with God and the Holy Spirit which we received when we receive Jesus as the Lord of our lives and get born again.
What about the material blessings of Abraham?
There is no denying that Abraham was very rich but if we search the scriptures we would see that Abraham didn’t just become wealthy after this promise. Abraham already had large flocks of animals and servants (which were a sign of wealth in those times) when God called him.
So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan – Genesis 12:4- 5
Abraham left Haran after God called him and blessed him with all his wealth. His physical, material wealth definitely passed to his descendants but that isn’t the blessing promised to all nations of the earth.
In Christ, we can also become materially wealthy. The will of God is for us to prosper in our endeavors and there are many promises of riches and wealth throughout the Bible so negating the belief that Abraham’s blessing was material wealth doesn’t mean we are condemned to a life of poverty and suffering. No. God did bless Abraham with much riches (Isaiah 51:2, Genesis 24:35) and he can and will bless us too when we ask him. He is our shepherd and our provider.
How do we get Abraham’s Blessing?
Anyone who is genuinely saved today already possesses the blessing of Abraham. When we become born again, we receive by faith the forgiveness of our sin (justification), right standing with God (righteousness), the gift of the Holy Spirit and a place with God in heaven for eternity. This is the blessing of Abraham promised since the beginning of time and we receive it by doing nothing more than receiving the gift of salvation by Faith
If you are already born again, congratulations! You have already received the blessing of Abraham irrespective of your current financial position. You can stop praying for the blessing of Abraham now, you’ve got it! lol.
A call to Salvation
If you are not yet born again, today is a good day to receive the free gift of salvation and partake in the blessing of Abraham. You know you are a sinner and you can’t get right with God through your works, no matter how hard you try. Even if you don’t feel like a sinner, all men through Adam have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. For this reason, Jesus Christ came into this world, suffered, bled and died for the sin of the whole world on the cross of Calvary. He paid the penalty of your sins in full and rose back to life after 3 days. Through his sacrifice, he has given us this free gift of salvation. All it takes for you to receive it is to believe He died in your place and rose again and your sins will be forgiven. You will be saved.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment. John 3:36
The blessing of Abraham is right standing with God and receiving the Holy Spirit through Faith. It is not material wealth or possessions and we do nothing to earn it. We receive the gift of salvation when we put our faith in the finished work of Jesus and become born again.
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