What is the blessing of Abraham that is upon gentiles?

cardinal-birds-2Numbers 22:12:  And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.

When God called Abraham he blessed him.

He said anyone who blesses him is blessed and he was going to make him a great nation and through him all the families and nations the earth will be blessed, he would bless him and make him a blessing (Genesis 12:1-3, 22:1-18).

Jesus is called “the” seed (singular) of Abraham, the one who is the ultimate inheritor of the Abrahamic blessings.  Paul wrote that through Jesus the blessings of Abraham have come upon the gentiles (Galatians 3:13-14, Hebrews 2:16).

Remember that a recompense for the disobedience of Adam and Eve was the earth becoming cursed (opposite of blessings) (Genesis 3:1-19). The earth was affected, nature was affected by that curse, and the whole of creation is equally affected by the curse. They therefore wait for the manifestation of the sons of God, to enter into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, to be rescued from the curse into blessing, as it was originally, and the ultimate Son of God is Jesus Christ (Romans 8:19-22).

Adam operated under the blessing of God, but due to sin his portion became cursed.  Jesus (as the last Adam [1Corinthians 15:45]) came with the blessing of heaven, but he cannot access the earth with the heavenly blessings without coming through the womb of a woman as the seed of Abraham. He came as the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham that through him the nations of the earth will be blessed.

This means God is not concerned just with the Abraham; His ultimate concern is for the whole world (John 3:16).  And he decided to achieve his aim through Abraham.

While the devil had the field day in the cursed situation of man, God packaged his blessing in his son, and Abraham qualified to be the channel, because of his obedience, in offering up his own son, sacrificing him in a figure. With that act, Abraham was confirmed as a man with absolute obedience to God (unlike the first Adam). That is partly why Jesus was called the seed of Abraham; he carries the gene of that absolute dedication/obedience to God. He was separated enough to God, to qualify the channel of blessing for the whole world, through whom Jesus will come.

Adam was the channel of the “curse, sin and death” through disobedience, while Jesus coming from heaven and following through in obedience to God was the channel of “blessing, righteousness and life.”

When  God ordained the  proclamation of the blessing by the priest on the nation of Israel, it was to put the  blessings of the Lord upon them saying, the Lord bless you and keep you, may he make his face shine upon him and give them peace (Numbers 6:22-27).

Everything starts with the Lord bless you. Blessing means the tangibility of the favour of God. Paul agreed with David who declared the blessedness of the man who is forgiven his sins, to whom iniquity is not imputed (Romans 4:6-9, Psalm 32:1-2). That is a big blessing because with sin not imputed there is no issue to be resolved between you and God, there is no death-consequence.

And we have redemption and forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:4-7, Colossians 1:14). We have access to the very presence of God. Where before because of the curse, man was chased from having access the tree of life, pushed into his death portion, but now in Christ we are accepted in the beloved, we have God turn His favour on us.

The blessings of Abraham are multifaceted.

  1. Personal
  2. National
  3. Global

Personal

After he met with the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, having rescued the nations from invaders, and they offered him the things he helped them to recover, he did not accept them, saying he has lifted up his eye to God for his riches, and so does not need anything from them. And he was rich as a result of the blessing of God (Genesis 24:1). The same blessing of stupendous rivalry-causing blessing of wealth was over Isaac and Jacob (his son and grandson).

He also had a personal blessing of giving birth to a child through his wife, after years of trying; he even gave up at a time (Genesis 17:16-17) God told him that he is his exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1-4) that he should walk before Him and be perfect; showing to him that he is the Almighty and against all odds blessing him with Isaac (Genesis 17:1).

He also had a personal blessing of a walk with God, so much that he was referred to as the friend of God

National

God promised to give them the land of the Canaan; they also have the blessing of having God as their God, with his promise of provision, direction, protection, and help. Not only that they also have the blessing of receiving the word of God, in the Torah and being the custodian of special dealings with God through the intervention of Prophets, Judges and Kings appointed by God, becoming a special people separated to God.

Global

There is a dimension of the blessing that is peculiar to all who believe in Jesus, that is the Holy Spirit. That is what is meant when the bible says that the blessing (singular) of Abraham will rest upon the gentiles (Galatians 3:14). That is the singular power of the blessing of Abraham that is strictly for the all peoples, from the day of Pentecost. It is the divine common denominator, the ultimate blessing. The Holy Spirit is the divine content that captures the ultimate blessing that God gives.

That is the singular most important thing that Jesus gave as his will before he left. He bequeathed the Holy Spirit as his legacy to the disciples when he left for heaven (John 15:26). Without the Holy Spirit imagine what king of bunch the apostles would have been, would they have been able to impact the they did and there effects still reverberating to this day? The Holy Spirit is the greatest force in the world. He has forceful effects but is a gentle personality; he is responsible for all the divine effects of God in all places for all times.

There is no God-effect without the Holy Spirit. So “the” blessing is the operations of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  There is nothing better than that, from the experience of salvation to the new tongues that some have called the tongues of angels, and the empowerment for us to cause spiritual effect, all are directly linked to the activities of the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-21, 1Corinthians 13:1, Acts 1:8).

That is the blessing of Abraham coming upon the gentiles (and the Holy Spirit is described as a person who comes upon us). When it comes to having access to God, it is facilitated by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18).

The Holy Spirit is the ultimate leveler; making relationship with God possible for anyone without any prerequisite except you come through the door called Jesus, whatever your race, age, or past experience, involvement or education. Jesus actually calls himself the door for the sheep (John 10:7). He is the door to our experience of God the Holy Spirit, to our experiencing “the” blessing. Through any other door and you are led to the experience of the curse of evil spirits.

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14 thoughts on “What is the blessing of Abraham that is upon gentiles?

  1. Thanks For Sharing this nice Topic

    Finally, Paul tells us who the true seed of Abraham is and the nature of that promise. We learned earlier that the Seed of Abraham was singular, one person, i.e. Christ.
    Next Paul says, “For you are all the sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus for as many of you as we baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:26-29).
    Those who accept God by faith and are baptized into Him become a part of that one Seed of Abraham who is Christ . We become one Seed with Christ, not many seeds, but one with Him. As the Seed of Abraham through Christ, we then become heirs/inherit the promise. The promise is salvation in Christ, i.e. the kingdom of God. See the post “Flesh and Blood Cannot Inherit the Kingdom of God.” The true seed of Abraham is Christ and the inheritance is the salvation in him to all nations (families of the earth) who are blessed in Him.

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  2. This material is very powerful, I am now enlightened on most areas I wasn’t clear about. Keep up good work and God bless you.

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  3. I was told by a prophet that I had the blessing of Abraham. I’ve read many scriptures but is still a little unclear on the true meaning. I want to have clear understanding so I can stand in my truth.

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  4. Bravo Mr. Crown, bravo! I’m gonna thank God for you in my prayers this evening for your dedication to receiving and sharing understanding.

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  5. This is a great revelation you have shared, Kayode. You know, the lord asked my to read Gal 3 few days back, after which I have been researching to know more about the blessing of Abraham bestowed on the gentiles. By your writing, I now have more understanding.
    Thanks

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  6. When Jesus arrived in the book of MATTHEW ,He came only to the Jews or to the house of Israel. Gentiles were excluded..
    Jesus did not speak or associate himself with Gentiles..Jesus did not speak any blessing over the Gentiles. So we can clearly see that from Genesis through to the book John and Acts 9, there is a middle wall of partition between the Jews and Gentiles.
    The Apostle Paul came with a message of Grace,a message he calls ,’the mystery’ -a secret purpose of GOD which He kept ‘hidden’ in Himself until He revealed it to and then through the Apostle Paul.
    ‘For I speak to you Gentiles,in as much as I am the Apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office..’
    ROMANS 11:13
    ONE QUESTION REMAINS:
    THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS UNEQUIVOCALLY,”I AM THE APOSTLE OF THE GENTILES.
    IT STANDS TO REASON THAT PAUL IS OUR APOSTLE, FOR he was raised by our LORD specific ally that he, ” should be the minister of JESUS CHRIST to the GENTILES’, ROMANS 15:16
    MY QUESTION IS:
    SHOULD WE AS GENTILES NOT CONCERN OURSELVES WITH THE BOOKS OF MATTHEW THROUGH TO JOHN AS IT WAS NOT WRITTEN TO US, BUT FOLLOW ONLY THE TEACHINGS OF PAUL OUR APOSTLE.

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    1. Paul was the one who says, all scriptures is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable. Jesus also said that the scriptures testify of him. And when Paul makes his defence of the inclusiveness of the gentiles in salvation he refers to the old testament. And as for Matthew to John, nothing gives us an insight into who our saviour is than those words written there. So though he said he was sent to the Jew, being God, he was speaking to matters of concern to all of us. And not only that, he spoke parables of the kingdom which form codes to understand what is to come after he has gone.

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      1. Please support your answer with scripture..What promises do we Gentiles claim in the new DISPENSATION OF GRACE by PAUL, God did not speak a blessing over THE GENTILES as He did with the JEWS..GIVE ME ONE VERSE THAT I CAN QUOTE AND STAND ON FOR FINANCIAL BREAK THROUGH.

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