HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE…


Galatians 3:29 – “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”  NASB

I suggest that you study Chapter 3:1 through 4:7 for the full impact of this truth.  As I begin this consideration, I re-read Galatians 3:13-14 – “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us —  for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” —  14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  It helped me focus and directed my attention to the Powerful Truth and Promise recorded here in Galatians.

From the very beginning of time, God has been concerned about man, his prime creation.  Man was created in the image and likeness of God.  He was given dominion over the earth and all that was in it.  Man had very close fellowship with God, his creator in the Garden of Eden.  Man was created in a state of innocence, free from all sin and uncleanness.  He was pure and holy walking before God.  Tragically, man fell through disobedience and was driven from the Paradise on Earth.  The result was, all mankind was doomed for sin had entered and alienated man from God who knows no sin.  Paradise was lost because of sin.  That is tragic!

God could have just written man off at that point and we could have become an afterthought in His mind.  He could have ceased reaching out to man with the desire to cleanse, forgive, restore, and heal him, but He didn’t.           God saw the wickedness of man and spoke to Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, and declared that He was going to destroy the race because of iniquity.  God sought to preserve a line of humanity that would recognize Him and return to Him.  Tragically, man once again, after the flood began to wax wanton and drifted back into iniquity.  God could have tossed us on the trash heap of life, but He didn’t.  That is amazing!

God spoke to Abraham in the land of Ur of the Chaldees and instructed him to leave his home, his family, his friends, and all that he knew.  The directive was that God, the Creator of All Things would lead him to a land flowing with milk and honey and give Abram an inheritance.  Abram obeyed not knowing where he was going.  This was the reintroduction of faith to the race in a very powerful manner.  From that obedience comes the Covenant of Promise and that to which you and I are heirs. 

God Made the Promise (Covenant) to Abraham.  He promised to give to him and his descendants the Promised Land (Canaan).  In a very real sense, this was the Promise of Salvation that preceded the Law.  Abraham believed God and the Bible tells us he was justified by faith.  Abraham then acted upon his belief and obeyed the directive of the LORD.  The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:8-10 – “By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” 

Jesus Confirmed the Covenant.  We read in Galatians 3:15-17 – “Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17 What I am saying is this: The Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.” 

When a will is made, and the will-maker dies there can be no change in the terms of the will!  Jesus sealed the Covenant through His death on the Cross and brought it to full implementation in His Resurrection and Ascension to the Father.  God’s Promise can never be made null and void.  It has been forever confirmed.  That is cause for rejoicing!

We are Heirs According to the Promise.  We sing, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.”  That is a legitimate truth.  We are pilgrims sojourning in a strange land.  Our citizenship is of heaven, not just this earth.  We are, like the patriarchs of old, looking for a city whose builder and maker is God.  We are desirous of God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Here in Galatians, we are reminded that “If we are Christ’s…”  If we are THEN, the Promise is ours too!  If we are Abraham’s seed, by faith, then the Promises of Abraham are God’s Promises to you and me, those who believe!

God’s promise to Abraham was a Land of Promise.  He would make him a great nation.  He would bless him and bless those that blessed him and curse those that cursed him.  He would be the heir of the whole earth.  When I consider that the New Covenant is a Better Covenant established on better promises than the Old, I rejoice. 

In the old they were to be the head and not the tail.  They were to be above not beneath.  They were to be overcomers not overcome.  We are ‘more than conquerors’ through Jesus!  We are the Sons and Daughters of God and are no more servants but Sons and Daughters.  We are Heirs through Jesus to All the Promises of God!

It is time that we become what God says we are and realize that He has given us authority over the power of the enemy, and we are IN HIM and HE (Jesus) is IN US.  Rejoice in who and whose you are!

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Jesus!

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