Monday, January 10, 2011

Christ, “Thy Seed”…according to the promise of God

This exposition is primary focused on a Biblical promise that God gave about a coming Messiah who was foretold to be…“Thy Seed”. Thy seed pertains to a promise that God made to Abraham and the Hebrew nation in many chapters in the book of Genesis. This promise of Christ to be “Thy Seed” given from God to Abraham…was given at a period of time 430 years before the Law of Moses was given to Israel. Genesis 22 is only one of many promises made by God about, “Thy Seed”, Christ.

Gen 22:17-18…That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in “thy seed” shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

In God’s promise of “thy seed” it was stated that all the nations of Earth would be blessed. All nations of the Earth included the entire nation of Israel and the entire Gentile world. All nations speak of the entire human family. This is the prophetic picture here. This direct promise from God, given to Abraham (before the Law), was confirmed to be Christ by the Apostle Paul in the records of the Galatian Epistle.

Gal 3:16…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”.

Notice Paul said not to seeds (plural)…but to Christ, “Thy seed” (singular). Within the person of Christ came the Church, the body of Christ, the Grace dispensation, and the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit under the New Covenant we now live in. In the New Testament records Christ “Thy seed” was considered to be a blessing upon both the Jewish nation and the Gentile nation. This blessing was the Holy Spirit’s omnipresence in the Church Age that made both Jew and Gentile “one” in “Thy seed” ….Christ.

Gal 3:27-29…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.

Notice Paul said believers today in the Church Age are baptized into Christ and thus become Abraham’s seed and heirs of the promise God made to Abraham. If you look back to the period of time when God promised His blessing to be upon Abraham and his chosen people, the Hebrew nation it was 430 years before the Law of Moses was given. God gave this called out people (The Hebrew nation) a promised land. God gave this called out people (The Hebrew nation) a covenant that was sealed by a physical circumcision in the flesh. Circumcision of the flesh separated this chosen people from the rest of humanity. All this was a miniature picture of God’s Promises of the land and complete restoration on the Earth for His elect, Israel.

God’s covenant relationship with His elect and chosen people by promise, allowed Him to keep a perfect genealogy that would bring forth the Son of God…Christ. This in turn would bring forth the promised Messiah (Thy Seed), according the pre-determined plan, purpose, and will of God for the Jew first and also the Gentile. Abraham by faith trusted the promises God. Abraham by faith had glimpse and future hope of “Thy Seed Christ” to be the promised Messiah.

Many Old Testament promises of Christ were concealed in Torah but were actually confirmed when Christ came. These promises were later confirmed and written about in the New Testament Epistles by the holy Apostles and Prophets under the Grace covenant and the power of a resurrected Christ. Confirmation of the promised “seed, Christ” concealed in the Torah were given to Abraham and passed down to Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, etc. These promises gave hope to Abraham and his offspring for the coming of a promised Messiah (Thy Seed) who would bless all the families on the Earth. Notice how God said He would “bless” all the families of the Earth.

Gen 12:2-3…And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

The blessing of Christ (Thy seed) is what allowed God’s Grace to come upon the Gentiles at present. The promise of the omnipresence of Spirit of God flowed from the cross at Calvary. The Law of Moses was abolished and those who were afar off (Gentiles) were made nigh by the Blood of Christ. Those promises came through the Hebrew nation. Christ (Thy Seed) was promised in many of the Old Testament records. Those promises were not limited to the Old Testament only! Today Christians by faith (Jew and Gentile) are just as much entitled to God’s promises as Abraham was. Why? Because God promised “Thy seed” in the Torah but fulfilled that promise when Christ died and ascended to Heaven where He sent down His Holy Spirit to be in the Church today. The Blessing of Abraham's promise from God thus came upon the Gentiles.

Gal 3:7, 8…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.

Gal 3:14…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.

Additional food for thought.

• Christ was also foretold to be the seed of a woman in Genesis 3:15.
• When the fulness of time came Christ was made of a woman and made under law Gal. 4:4.
• Christ was conceived and born of a virgin and had no earthly Father.
• Christ was God’s seed and not the seed of a natural man.
• Christ was “Thy Seed” that blessed all the families on Earth through His death, burial, and resurrection.

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