What Are The Blessings Of Abraham
What is the blessing of Abraham? Scripture clearly says the blessing of Abraham comes “on” the Gentiles. We know Abraham believed God and God counted Abraham’s believing him (his faith) for righteousness.
Remember, the law was not given yet. The 10 Commandments did not exist yet. So after Adam sinned, how did the people become righteous? We know God made a flood and saved only Noah and his family. After Noah left the ark we see Babylon and Nimrod, Abraham, Lot, Sodom and Gomorrha, Isaac and Jacob, Joseph and then comes Moses.
The promise came first. The promise was 430 years before Moses and the law. With the promise coming first, the promise is kept no matter the law was given. I think of it like being “grandfathered” in. When new rules / laws are put into effect, the rules / laws start from the day they are inacted. The only difference would be if they state in the new law it is retroactive. If the law is retroactive they can make it apply before they enacted the law. But there are still constraints. Lawyers dig out the constraints.
So when God gave the law to Moses, the law went into effect the day God gave the law to Moses to give to Israel at Mount Sinai. But before God gave Moses the law, what did those people do? We know God spoke with the people. We know God called out Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Why is this important? Because we know the key to the church’s relationship with God is based on the promise before the law.
Paul’s letter to the Galatians points out the church is not under the law but under the promise. So after reading Galatians 3 see if you can find what the blessing to Abraham was. You find where God called Abraham in Genesis 12.
Galatians 3:1-29 KJV “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying , In thee shall all nations be blessed.
 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Until next time.