BLESSING OF ABRAHAM

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“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” (Galatians 3:13-14).

Having laid the foundation in previous articles, it’s time to explain the popular Galatians 3:13-14 text. What is the blessing of Abraham that came on the Gentiles? (If you have been following, you should already know). Are the blessings of Abraham material riches? Paul says: “…Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Galatians 3:6). In other words, Abraham wasn’t declared righteous by something he did, but by what he believed. His righteousness was by faith and not by works. He simply believed. That’s a huge blessing.

David actually calls anyone who is declared righteous without works, like Abraham was, ‘blessed’. Paul quotes this saying: “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Romans 4:6-8).

This blessing is clearly immaterial in nature. And it’s the same blessing Abraham had: “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham” (Galatians 3:9). We are blessed ‘along with’ believing Abraham in the bestowal of righteousness. That’s the blessing of Abraham- the gift of righteousness bestowed as a result of faith. Besides, the blessing of Abraham was further explained thus: “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT THROUGH FAITH”. (Galatians 3:14). The ‘promised Holy Spirit’, our seal of righteousness has come on the Gentiles through their faith. This blessing supersedes any material blessing you can receive.

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