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 would urge you to study the entire 3rd chapter through verse 7 of the 4th for a greater context.  It is virtually impossible to read the Bible and not acknowledge that from the beginning of time, God has been concerned about man.  Man was created in the Image and Likeness of God.  He was given dominion over the earth and all that was in it.  Man was drawn into a close personal relationship and fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden.  Man was created in a state of innocence where he was free from the corruption and influence of sin.  He was created pure and holy before the All-Seeing Eyes of God, but tragically he rebelled and sinned. 

That rebellion resulted in his spiritual death and being driven from the earthly paradise, Eden.  All mankind now found themselves under the dominion of darkness and sin prevailed in men’s hearts.   Paradise was lost because of sin.

God could have simply forgotten man at this point and could have ceased His efforts to bring us back into fellowship with Him, but He didn’t.  Thank God, He didn’t.  God saw the wickedness of man in the world and spoke to Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, and declared that He would destroy man because of the escalation of iniquity in man’s heart.  After the flood, man once again began to drift into wantonness and iniquity and rebelled against God.  God could have lifted His hand and rejected man forever, but He didn’t.  Thank God He didn’t.

God spoke to Abram in the land of Ur of the Chaldees and instructed him to leave his family and friends and go to a place where he would receive an inheritance that would be a virtual paradise on earth.  Abram obeyed and went not knowing where or into what he was entering.  He obeyed and through obedience received a wonderful inheritance.

GOD’S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM – “The Declaration.”

God told Abraham that this land would be the “Promised Land.”  Canaan is representative of Salvation and God’s Plan of Redemption for mankind.  It is the place of abundance, life, freedom, and victory.  The Promise of Canaan was given before the Law was established.  The Bible reveals that Abraham believed God and was justified by his faith. 

Abraham obeyed God as we discover in Hebrews 11:8-11 – “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 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.”   Abraham was heir to the Promise made by God through covenant.

The Promise of God was that Abraham would live in and enjoy a land that flowed with milk and honey.  It was a place of abundance and productivity.  It was a place of fertility and life.  It was a place of victory.  It was a place that was occupied by enemies who had to be evicted, but with the might of God Abraham and his descendants would be able to Possess the Promise.

The Land, the Place of Promise, is God’s offering to man and the benefits found therein are immense, providing man would continue in fellowship with God.  It is beneficial for every Christian to study the Covenant of God with Abraham and glean from those studies the reality that this Place of Promise is a Place of Victory.  It is a picture of what we can have in Christ as a result of the Finished Work on the Cross.

I want to talk about the confirming of that Promise and the reality that we are Heirs of the Promise but will hold those discussions until the next devotional.  I pray that the LORD will bless and keep you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him. 

Live victoriously because you are more than a conqueror through Jesus!

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