HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE – Part Two…


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

In the previous devotional we noted that God made the promise of Canaan to Abraham.  Canaan is a type of Salvation and was the Place of Promise where Israel would enjoy the bounty of the land and the abundance it offered.  I want to take a step deeper into this consideration today.

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.” 

Why is this important?  Because when a will is made the will-maker must die before the will can be fulfilled.  It is also beneficial to remember that after the maker of the will dies there can be no changes in the will.  It is then permanent and whatever it declares is what must transpire.  The death of Jesus on the Cross sealed the Covenant.  His resurrection from the dead and ascension to the Right Hand of the Father made it sure.  God’s Promise can never be annulled or made void.  The Promise has been forever confirmed by God and will never change. 

BELIEVERS ARE HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.

We can truly sing, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.”  We are truly strangers and pilgrims passing through this thing called life and looking for a city whose builder and maker is God.  But, in the meantime, we are to live here on earth and the Promise of God is that we are victorious over the enemy of our souls.

I would ask that you review the promises God made to Abraham.  Abraham was to be the head, not the tail.  He was to possess the gates of his enemies.  He was to enjoy the abundance of the land.  God promised Abraham that he would become a great nation. 

We are called a kingdom of priests in the Bible.  God promised Abraham that He would bless Him and if we are in Christ then the Blessings of Abraham belong to us.  God promised Abraham that He would make his name great, if we are in Christ then we are given the promise of victory.  God promised Abraham that he would be a blessing, and if we are in Christ, we are to be blessings to the world.  God promised Abraham that He would bless those that blessed him and curse those that cursed Him.  We are told that in Christ, no weapon formed against us can prosper and we are more than conquerors through Jesus.  God promised Abraham that in him all the families of the earth would be blessed.  In Christ, we are to be lights shining into the darkness and Christ in us provides hope and blessing to the world.

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.” 

If we are in Christ, then we are Abraham’s seed and heirs of the Promise!  We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus.  God’s promise of the Place of Promise is ours.  God’s promise of multiplication and victory is ours.  God’s promise to be with us and never leave or forsake us is ours.  We were children of darkness and now we are children of the Light.  We are no more servants but sons.  We are heirs!  Let’s claim our inheritance!

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

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