Believers are the heirs of Abraham and possession of the inheritance is guaranteed by the gift of the Spirit.
Possession of the land of Canaan was a preliminary stage in God’s redemptive plan, which always envisioned something larger than Israel. Now, the covenant promises find their fulfillment in the “true seed of Abraham,” Jesus, including the promises of resurrection and new creation.
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The city “whose builder and founder” is God is none other than the New Jerusalem John saw “descending from heaven” – Revelation 21:24-22:5.
The book of Revelation concludes with a portrait of the immense and glorious city of “New Jerusalem” populated by the “innumerable multitude” of men redeemed from every nation by the “Lamb,” the ultimate fulfillment of the covenant promises to Abraham – “land” and “blessings to all the nations of the earth.”
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Jesus is the true “seed” of Abraham, the heir of the covenant promises, and receipt of the inheritance is based on faith in Him.
The introduction to the gospel of Matthew declares that Jesus is the “son of David, the son of Abraham.” This is more than a simple genealogical notation – it sets the stage for the theme of fulfillment threaded throughout Matthew. Jesus is the Davidic Messiah and King of Israel, and the true Son and promised “seed” of the Patriarch. In him, the covenant promises come to fruition.
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By his death, Jesus formed one covenant community – “one new Man” – based on faith in him, not ethnicity – 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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