Category Archives: Abraham

INHERITANCE OF ABRAHAM


In Jesus, the original limited promise of territory to Abraham is transformed to encompass the entire creation.

The land of Canaan was a preliminary stage in the greater redemptive plan of Yahweh, one that ALWAYS envisioned something beyond the nation of Israel. In the New Testament, the covenant promises find fulfillment in the “true seed of Abraham,” Jesus Christ, including the New Creation – the “new heavens and the new earth.”

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BLESSING TO THE NATIONS

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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HEIR OF THE WORLD

According to Paul, the land promised to Abraham envisioned the inclusion of the entire world Romans 4:13.

God began to redeem humanity with His covenant with Abraham, beginning with the summons for him to leave his homeland for the “land that I will show you.” Yahweh would make him into a “great nation,” and in the Patriarch, He would “bless all the clans of the earth.” And from the start, the land promise was central to the covenant.

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SPIRIT AND COVENANT

From the start, the promise of the Spirit has been integral to redemption and the Covenant of God with His people.

In Galatians, Paul linked the “promise of the Spirit” to the “blessing of Abraham,” the covenant promise that God would bless the Gentiles in the Patriarch. He was referring to the Spirit that the Galatians had received “through a hearing of faith.” Thus, the gift of the Spirit was part of the covenant made with Abraham, and with “his seed.”

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PROMISE OF THE FATHER – BLESSING OF ABRAHAM

SYNOPSIS – With the ascension of Jesus, the gift of the Spirit has arrived with blessings for all believers – The “promise of Abraham” – Galatians 3:27-29

The “promise of the Father” is identified as the gift of the Spirit. For example, it is linked by the Apostle Paul to the covenant promises given to Abraham by Yahweh, which are now fulfilled in the promised New Covenant. The gift of the Spirit demonstrates that the era of fulfillment has arrived. Moreover, it marks out the Gentile believers as co-heirs of Abraham with the Jewish followers of Jesus.

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NEITHER JEW NOR GENTILE

SYNOPSIS – To return to the custodianship of the Law is to rebuild the wall of separation between Jew and Gentile – Galatians 3:26-29

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul portrays the Law or Torah as a “custodian” or paidagōgos – (Strong’s – #G3807). The English term “pedagogue” is derived from it. Unlike English, the Greek term does not refer to an educator but to someone with supervisory responsibilities. In Greco-Roman society, a “pedagogue” was a servant with custodial and disciplinary authority over a child until it reached maturity.

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