Abraham’s faithful obedience was rewarded by further details being revealed to him. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version (© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.). It is also possible for a natural seed of Abraham to be removed from its position of privilege. to Haran, and at Haran Terah died. That in Abraham eventually ALL nations will be blessed. When people talk with you about: Israel's biblical right to the land And the Lord gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hand. 1:10 The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the In the broader context of the passage, Genesis 22:15-18, “seed” occurs three times; and though the first occurrence is clearly referring to Abram's offspring in the plural, the second occurrence is just as clearly referring now to a particular individual. Paul is telling us that your physical lineage actually doesn't have anything to do with whether or not you're a true child of Abraham. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. That's when God began to make this promise—but it wouldn't actually come to fulfillment until much, much later: Isaac wouldn't even be born for another 25 years. The promise God was making was that the Christ would come forth from Abram, and in and through Him, blessing would come to the nations. But the greatest blessings were the promises that God made to Abraham. God did everything He said to Abraham. olam) has a range of meaning that includes temporary periods of time (IE, “a long time”), it's also true that this kind of meaning is incredibly rare. based on an annual schedule). 11By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a . also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in .And yet, who can calculate now what kind of impact Abraham's life has had on bringing true and lasting blessing to the nations? Hebrews 11:11-12 Abram and his household servants put to flight entire kingdoms. “What then? We can learn this truth also from Romans 9:6-8 (quoted in the footnote above). It's the blessing of salvation that is given through the Spirit. Genesis 13:14-17. the spiritual promise. Just as it was Christ, the special seed, that was referred to in Genesis 3:15, so it is again here in Genesis 22:18. revealed in these places: will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas. . Let me illustrate what we need to guard against. Now in this third promise the statement is not confined to an immediate, single God actually made seven promises to Abraham, all of which can be found at Genesis 12:1-7. students know that is exactly what happened! But just like with Abraham, what God has said often seems to contradict our daily experience. If you skip Genesis you will good working (practical) knowledge of the Bible to use in your life. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” Hebrews 11:12-16, “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:39-40, “And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” Luke 20:34-36. Print subscriptions available in U.S., Canada and Europe, Article URL: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/12-tribes-of-israel/promises-to-abraham/, The 12 Tribes of Israel in History and Prophecy. Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Collins follows Desmond Alexander in his article, Galatians 3:16: What Kind of Exegete was Paul? 36, Dan. Jenkins. 28There is neither Jew nor .” Scripture tells us here that the promise of the land was spoken to Abram himself, as well as his seed (cf. And by the way, this wasn't just an idea that started with the New Testament. that the United States should maintain a good relationship with them. this, year after year - with all perseverance and diligence - you can develop a .” So how will the nations be blessed in Abram? Seed were the promises made. or a promise - we need to keep reading to find the point or points of Matthew 5:5, “And they (the believers in their future state of immortality) sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth”. Isaac (v7b) and Jacob vv12-13); who are emphatically indeed Abraham's children according to “the flesh” (v8). 18 Roberts notes on this passage: “Hence it is evident, that the Gentiles' justification by faith, is part of the blessedness promised the nations in Abraham and in his seed. 15Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man's covenant, We 2) The true DURATION of the land: In Genesis 17:8, the Lord says to Abram: “I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. 5No man shall be able to stand before you all the Today - anybody can respond to the Good News of '” (p216). the Jews today is - to believe and obey Christ. Paul's intent in verse 8 is not to say that the promise never extended to Abraham's physical descendants (at all). This promise to Abraham is described by Paul as THE GOSPEL: The apostle Paul, when imprisoned for preaching the gospel claimed that it was because of his hope in the promises to the fathers of Israel (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) that he was being condemned: When a person is without Christ, it means that they are strangers to the “covenants of promise”, meaning that to be in Christ is to be related to them: One of the reasons for Jesus Christ’s work was to fulfil and confirm this promise to Abraham. to him, 'Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over outstretched arm and with great judgments. So here, the blessing of Abraham is the Spirit.19. A FINAL WORD: So, God promised to Abram a land, a seed, and blessing. .” The Lord is promising here, not only to one day give the land of Canaan to Abram and his seed, but to give it to them “for an everlasting possession. .Nevertheless, when Paul cast them down from vain confidence in their kindred, he still saw, on the other hand, that the covenant which God had made once for all with the descendants of Abraham could in no way be made void. Joshua believed . Indeed, this is how many translations of the Bible, including the New King James Version, translate Paul’s statement to the Galatians: “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made” (Galatians 3:16). That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.” Haldane says of Romans 9:7, “The promise to Abraham and his seed was not made to him and all his descendants in general, but to him and a particular seed.