“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).
We learnt in the previous article that faith in Christ marks us as children of Abraham. Not only are they children of Abraham who are of faith, they are partakers of his ‘blessing’. What blessing you ask? It is the privilege of being declared righteous by faith. That is, like Abraham, all who believe in Jesus are declared righteous because of their faith. “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” (Galatians 3: 9). The verse is actually better rendered: “…blessed with believing Abraham.” The context clarifies that it was not Abraham’s faithfulness that made him righteous but his faith. So ‘faithful’ in the text (from the Greek word Pistos) is better rendered ‘full of faith’ or ‘believing’.
Romans 4:11 says that Abraham was declared righteous before he was circumcised “…that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be IMPUTED unto THEM ALSO”. When we believed what Abraham believed, we received what Abraham received- a righteousness status. The only work required to be declared righteous is to believe in Jesus. “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent”(John 6:28-29).
So here is some good news: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal 3:29). Halleluyah! I’m in Christ. I’m Abraham’s seed. I’m therefore an heir according to the promise. I’m declared righteous by faith. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).