How’s Your Faith Scale?September 10, 2014
Colossians 4September 11, 2014
14 Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. (NLT)
Through Jesus we have a connection to the blessings God pronounced on Abraham. Abraham – father of a multitude or some translate it as father of many nations – was the Father of Israel through covenant. Through Jesus by faith we receive the same blessings as Abraham did. God has blessed the Gentiles—or translated—nations through our faith in the finished work of Jesus.
“2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3 NASB).
This same blessing pronounced on Abraham so many years ago is ours today. It simply means we are living in the blessings of God and are not under the curse. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). We have been redeemed from the curse through the death of Jesus on the cross. We now live in the blessings just as Abraham did. “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16).
Abraham was also the father of faith. “For we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness” (Romans 4:9). We receive through faith in Jesus.
The verse says, “that the blessings might come on the Gentiles.” We know “might” is a maybe word. It means it might or maybe it might not. The reason for the wondering is nothing on God’s part. Jesus has finished the work when He was nailed to the cross. The question is whether we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. It’s only for those who as Abraham did, accept it by faith.