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 promises to Abraham find their fulfillment in the New Covenant in Jesus and the New Creation.
The history of Israel includes multiple examples of idolatry and other sins that culminated in her expulsion from the land. But all was not lost. Yahweh foresaw her fall and, from the beginning, determined to restore her and institute a New Covenant, one that would include the nations of the earth. In the end, the New Creation would become the true inheritance of His people.
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In his death, Jesus inaugurated the promised and vastly superior new covenant, rendering the old one obsolete.
According to Hebrews, the “word of the Son” surpasses all past revelations “spoken in the prophets.” He went beyond his predecessors, having “achieved the purification of sins,” and therefore, he “sat down” at the right hand of God and inherited “all things.” And among other things, his exaltation signaled the commencement of the “new covenant.”
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SYNOPSIS – A people filled with the Spirit has been foundational to the redemptive plan of God from the very beginning.
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul linked the “promise of the Spirit” to the “blessing of Abraham.” The Law pronounced a curse on anyone who did “not continue in all things written” in it, therefore Jesus came under its curse. But he did this to redeem men and women from the curse – that “the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” – (Genesis 12:2-3, Galatians 3:10-14).
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SYNOPSIS – It is the Spirit of God that imparts all life, especially the everlasting life in Jesus of which the gift of the Spirit is a foretaste and guarantee.
In the churches of Galatia, certain “false brethren” were preaching “another gospel” that required Gentile believers to get circumcised and conform to some, at least, of the regulations required by the Torah. Paul responded with a series of arguments, beginning with an appeal to the gift of the Spirit. Since the Gentile converts had received the Spirit in a state of uncircumcision, then circumcision cannot be a requirement for right standing before God.
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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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