The Promise To Abraham : Land, Nation & Wealth
Genesis 12:1-3, Galatians 3:8-9
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.
- I will make you into a great nation.
- I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.
I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.
What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.”
So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.
Abraham Righteous by Faith
Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3, Romans 4:13, James 2:23
Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith
The Scriptures tell us in Genesis 15:6, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
And so it happened just as the Scriptures say. He was even called the friend of God
A Covenant Given To Moses
John 1:17, Galatians 3:19-20
The Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ
God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people. Now a mediator is helpful if more than one party must reach an agreement.
The Promise Of A New Covenant
Jeremiah 3:12, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 8:12-13
This is what the LORD says to Israel
O Israel, my faithless people, come home to me again, for I am merciful. I will not be angry with you forever.
The day is coming when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife
But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day
I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
They will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already.
I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.
When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means
- He has made the first one obsolete.
- It is now out of date and will soon disappear.
The Promise To Abraham Fulfilled
Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life.
Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child”—and that, of course, means Christ.
This is what I am trying to say:
The covenant God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise.
For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise
Then Why Was The Law Given Then?
Why, then, was the law given?
It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised.
Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.
Let me put it another way.
The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made righteous by faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Therefore The Law Is Contrary To The Promise of God?
Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not!
For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.
But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.
Without The Law Is Lawlessness, Sin Will Dominate Us! Right?
Romans 6:14, Galatians 3:2-7, Galatians 3:7
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace
Sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace
Let me ask you this one question:
Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not!
“You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ”
How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?
I ask you again:
Does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not!
“It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ”
In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.
What Makes Faith Useless And The Promise Worthless?
- If those who obey Moses’ Teachings are the heirs, then faith is useless and the promise is worthless
Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of the Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made righteous with God? If his good works had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith”
When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
Again, If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.
The promise is received by faith
It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s.
If those of the law are heirs, faith is rendered void and the promise is nullified
You Are Anti Law! You Are Teaching Us To Abolish Moses’ Law!
Romans 3:9-29, Romans 3:31
Are we abolishing Moses’ Teachings by this faith? That’s unthinkable! Rather, we are supporting Moses’ Teachings.
The Scriptures say,
“No one is righteous not even one”
We have already shown that all people are under the power of sin. Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God.
No one can ever be made righteous with God by doing what the law commands.
The law simply shows us how sinful we are
Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made righteous with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
God has shown us a way to be made righteous with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made righteous with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
Our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith.
So we are made righteous with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
- Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law?
Of course not!
In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.
The Gospel Is Grace, Where The Righteousness Of God Is Revealed
Romans 1:16-17, 2 Corinthians 3:6
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes
In the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith
from faith to faith, as it is written, “The righteous will live by faith.”
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit;
for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.