Part #05 of “IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL……”
“UNDERSTANDING the Blessing of Abraham is the key to understanding where we are today in this Age of Grace.”
The Promise that God made to Abraham contains far more than that which meets the eye.
And before we understand what Pentecost was truly all about, we really do need to first understand ‘The Blessing of Abraham’.
Understanding ‘The Blessing of Abraham’, is also a vital key to understanding so much of Scripture.
Unfortunately, there are several misconceptions when it comes to ‘The Blessing of Abraham’.
Much has been twisted out of shape and perverted, when it comes to this wonderful blessing.
Several interpretations have been taught and proclaimed and much has been allegorized out of context.
Any yet there is just one true meaning and that is what we seek to address in this article.
Our answers must always come from Scripture, and not through the opinions and doctrines of men.
The ‘The Blessing of Abraham’ is a reality available to every single one of us without exception.
It is an ultimate Promise of God and God keeps His Promises.
Starting With A Promise
God always begins with a promise, it’s one of His awesome and tremendous attributes.
He always declares the “end from the beginning” and His counsel always stands [Isaiah 46:10].
And then He goes about to fulfil that promise, it’s something we pick up throughout the Scriptures.
And here with Abraham, we see that.
It all started with a promise that God made to Abraham after he called him out in [Genesis 12:1-3].
Up until this point, God had been patiently dealing with the human race for 2000 years based on their conscience.
But men chose to go their own way.
So, God promises Abraham, “And I will make of thee a great nation”.
Then HE says, “and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”
Then God puts the crowning capstone at the end of this promise.
“And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed”.
This promise speaks of the greatest and ultimate blessing available to very human being on the planet today .
It is the Blessing above all blessings!
It is the ‘Crowning Glory’ of what God began at Genesis, moving through four-thousand years of human history.
What The Blessing Of Abraham Is Not
Before we see what this blessing really is, let’s first see what it is not.
Our arch enemy Satan through the pulpits of false teachers and preachers have literally twisted it out of shape.
And God is watching!
Two of the greatest apostles, Peter of the Jews and Paul of the Gentiles, both warn us of such people.
They tell us that they are “enemies of Christ”, and Christendom sadly, has been infiltrated with many of them.
So we would do well to pay heed.
Not A Financial Promise
‘The Blessing of Abraham’ is NOT a promise of financial wealth and gain as is very popularly preached and taught.
It is a false teaching with an aim to lure and deceive for personal gain through the pulpits of Christendom.
And people desperate for financial gain, fall for the trap through these so called ‘prosperity gospels’, and motivational talks.
Especially those who may not be that well off as others.
It is a fact that most of us are constantly looking to see increase in our financial status.
And understandably so, there is nothing wrong with that, but it has nothing to with the ‘The Blessing of Abraham’.
There are very few who are truly content with their current financial status.
And that has given the devil a lot of manipulative ground and a free luring hand.
We don’t care who you’ve been listening to, but there is no such thing as a ‘financial anointing’.
That is ‘high level’ deception, so stay away from people who talk such language.
In CRUMB 0114, we talked about getting ‘street smart’, and the only way is by knowing what the truth really is.
What This Blessing Really Is
So, what exactly does this ‘prophesied blessing’ really mean, “And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed”?
Because on its own, it can mean many different things, giving way to deception and false teaching as we’ve seen.
It must have just one meaning.
And so we must get our answer ‘from Scripture’, for only Scripture can explain Scripture.
No portion of Scripture is for “private interpretation”, which is the first thing we ‘must know’ [2 Peter 1:20].
So to get the answer we must go to our God-designated, ‘go-to-man’, who is none other than Paul the Apostle.
For it is Paul who writes by ‘direct revelation’ [Galatians 1:11-12].
That is, The Ascended Lord Jesus in Glory, positionally sitting at God’s Right Hand, directly reveals these thing to Paul.
He is the man the Holy Spirit has given us to pay heed to [1 Corinthians 11:1].
Paul may be dead, but his epistles and message are very much alive and kicking.
And they are the greatest need of the hour.
“God buries His servants, but NEVER His program”.
Deriving This Great Blessing Of Abraham
To derive this great blessing of Abraham from Scripture, we must go to Paul’s letter to the Galatians.
The Apostle Paul, in [Galatians 3:8], shows us that Scripture foresaw that God would justify or save Gentiles “through faith”.
And because of that Divine Foreknowledge, God “preached the gospel to Abraham”.
Now the word ‘gospel’ simply means ‘good news’, which pertains to the salvation of men.
At every progressive stage of God dealing with the human race, He has always had a ‘good news’ in place.
Keep in mind that the revelations of God are always progressive, He Sovereignly reveals things when He wants to.
So here, without mentioning ‘how’, because it was secret [Romans 16:25], God is making a promise to Abraham.
That through him, “shall all nations (and families) be blessed”.
This speaks of salvation of all the non-Jewish, Gentile nations and families.
And it was not going be by the keeping of the Law which God later gave to Israel through Moses.
But it would be by ‘FAITH ALONE’, by just ‘BELIEVING’.
What Scripture Says About Abraham
What does Scripture say about Abraham in [Romans 4:3]?
“Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”
That is why, speaking of us today, Scripture in [Galatians 3:9], tell us:
That those, “which be of faith”, who simply take God at His Word, “are blessed with faithful Abraham”.
In [Galatians 3:10-13], Paul goes on to explain, how the Law, referring to the Ten Commandments, brought the curse.
And the reason was that no man was capable of keeping and doing the law fully, he was constantly breaking it.
He goes on to explain that Jesus Christ was the only one Who could and did keep that Law fully.
And because He did, He was able take our curse upon Himself in order to redeem us from it.
There is so much that took place on that cross that meets the eye, which is beyond comprehension.
So just why did Jesus Christ do what He did on that cross?
Paul gives us that ‘Glorious Crowning Reason” in the next verse, [Galatians 3:14].
“That the blessing of Abraham………”,
There we have it, and it is ‘the promise of the Holy Spirit’.
“……might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit…….”
And how do we receive this promise of the Holy Spirit, that God has wonderfully promised to us?
Not by repentance and water baptism, that the Jews, the nation of Israel had to do according to [Acts 2:38].
“Through faith”, says the Scripture.
The Promise Of The Spirit
It is amazing that the promise of the Holy Spirit was made for the Gentiles too, first in [Genesis 12:3].
This was well before the Law and the prophets came on the scene.
God did not speak to Abraham through a prophet, but directly when He appeared to him [Acts 7:2].
The promise of the Holy Spirit was given to Israel 1500 years later through the prophetic utterances of the prophet Joel.
It spoke of the day when God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh [Joel 2:28-29].
And that is what came to fruition on the day of Pentecost [Acts 2:14-18].
That was where it began.
The Apostleship Of Paul
The reason we now know what ‘The Blessing of Abraham’ truly is, is only because of the apostleship of Paul.
That is why we continue to stress on the invaluable indispensability of Paul, in order to correctly understand Scripture.
We now know that the ‘The Blessing of Abraham’ for the Gentiles was the promise of the Holy Spirit.
It was all veiled back then there in the Old Testament and kept secret, it was part of God’s mystery program.
“But now”, says Paul, “is made manifest…..”, it’s now all been revealed [Romans 16:26].
Through The Nation Of Israel
The Gentiles were to be the recipients of this wonderful blessing, but it would come through the nation of Israel.
That is how God Sovereignly ordained and predestined all of this.
This is what HE set in motion, when He gave that wonderful promise to Abraham.
Along with Salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, would be the promised Holy Spirit.
Salvation and the promised gift of the Holy Spirit can never be separated, they go hand in hand.
We cannot have one without the other.
It’s that simple!
Israel would be the channel through which this blessing would be imparted.
Israel may indeed have stumbled and rejected their Messiah, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
But the blessing still came “THROUGH’ them by the way of their fall and rejection.
And this is exactly what the great Apostle Paul tells us in [Romans 11:11].
That, “through their fall, salvation is come to the Gentiles”.
We can’t comprehend this, and neither could the Apostle Paul as he concludes this whole matter in [Romans 11:33].
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
Stay with us as we address ‘Pentecost’ in the next crumb coming shortly.