Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
He starts by explaining the basis of Abraham’s blessing. It had nothing to do with Abraham’s good works, and everything to do with faith. Abraham was declared righteous simply because he believed God. That’s why God could bless his life abundantly – he was walking in God’s righteousness and not his own.
Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.
This is one of the greatest promises of Scripture. If I believe God – just like Abraham – I can receive his family blessing. Please understand that on our side of the cross, trusting God means that we believe and act on the fact that salvation is only through the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Now, once I’ve acted on this faith, I’ve been miraculously placed into Abraham’s family.
“Wait a minute, Nick, I’m not Jewish. How could I possibly get in on the blessing of Abraham?”
The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
This is the Good News. Way back, in Abraham’s day, God announced to him that the Gentiles would be able to receive the same righteousness that was available to the Jews. What at one time could only be given to Abraham’s bloodline was now open to all nations.
That’s something I’m particularly glad about. My ancestors are from Italy, not Israel. But because of Christ and His work on the cross, God treats me as a son of Abraham.
It’s hard for us to see just how powerful this promise is because of the translations. If you look at what was promised to Abraham, in both the Old and New Testaments, it puts it in a whole new light. The promise literally reads; all nations will be blessed in you.
When this was given to Abraham, the entire DNA that would make up Jesus’ earthly body was in Abraham. Since it’s in Christ that we receive this blessing, God could tell Abraham that we would be blessed in him.
That’s an important truth. When I bowed my knee to Christ, God didn’t give me a separate blessing that was not quite the same as Abraham’s. Because I’m blessed in Abraham, it’s the exact same blessing that he received.
That thought is repeated in the next sentence of the verse above. The Holy Spirit clearly reveals to us that those of the same faith are blessed with Abraham. It’s not a different blessing. It’s the same one that God bestowed upon the first man of faith.
Please don’t get the idea that all God wanted to do was to save you and get you on the road to heaven. He has much more planned for you. You need to live each day with the expectation that God is at work in you, the same way He worked with Abraham.
And just to give you a “heads up,” as we continue through the book of Galatians, Paul will present this truth in even greater detail.
Question: What is your expectation for God’s grace in your life?
© Nick Zaccardi 2017