By his death, Jesus has formed one covenant community, “one new Man,” based on faith in him by one and all – Ephesians 2:11-22.
Paul was adamant. Now, “in Christ Jesus,” no longer can there be “Jew or Gentile.” He has “broken down the middle wall of partition” that once separated Jew from Gentile, “that he might reconcile them both in one body for God through the cross.” Having voided the “law of the commands in ordinances” that separated them, he is “creating in himself, one new man.”
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OVERVIEW – The “promise of the Spirit” is part of the “blessing of Abraham” promised to the nations, and those who receive it become the “children of Abraham.”
In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul referred to the “promise of the Spirit,” which he identified with the “blessing of Abraham.” Jesus came under the “curse” of the Law to redeem believers from it, so that, the “blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
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The covenant with Abraham is fulfilled in Jesus, the heir, including the promised inheritance of land in the New Creation – Romans 8:1-23.
The Apostle Paul presents Abraham as the great exemplar of faith, the model for all who would live from faith. God counted his faith as “righteousness” while he was still uncircumcised, and thus, justified him apart from the “works of the Law.” Consequently, Abraham became the father of everyone who is “from faith,” both Jew and Gentile, and the “heir of the world.”
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In Jesus, the original limited land promise to Abraham encompasses the entire creation – 2 Peter 3:10-14.
Foundational to the biblical idea of redemption is the promise to Abraham of a land inheritance for his offspring. Though originally confined to the small territory of Canaan, implicit in the covenant promise was a future fulfillment that would encompass all nations and the entire earth, if not the whole Cosmos – (“So shall be blessed in you all the families of the earth”).
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SYNOPSIS – The promise of the Father, the gift of the Spirit was sent by Jesus to bless all the nations – Acts 3:25.
After the dramatic events on the Day of Pentecost, Peter and John prayed for a man who was “lame from his mother’s womb” and begging for alms near the entrance to the Temple. Rather than money, they commanded him to walk “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” Immediately, he stood up, began to walk, and was seen “leaping, and praising God.” This incident was observed by other Jews, filling them with “wonder and amazement.” This provided Peter with another opportunity to preach the gospel – (Acts 3:1-11).
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SYNOPSIS: The original and limited land promise to Abraham now encompasses the entire Cosmos and all nations in his true “seed,” Jesus Christ.
Basic to biblical ideas of redemption is the promise of Yahweh to Abraham of a land inheritance for his offspring. Though originally confined to the small land of Canaan assigned to the biological descendants of Abraham, implicit in that first covenant promise was a future fulfillment that will encompass all nations and the entire earth, if not the whole Cosmos (“So shall be blessed in thee all the families of the earth”). Continue reading The Land Promise to Abraham