When God called Abraham in Genesis 12:13, he received several
promises. The final element of the blessing is found in these
words: "And in you all the families of the earth will be
blessed" (Genesis 4:12b). It reaches back into the families
being divided by sin in Adam's fall (Genesis 3), the deluge and
the confusion of the languages at Babel. The curse of sin will
be replaced by blessings. It will be a blessing so great that
its effect will extend to "all the families of the earth."
This blessing can be thought of only in connection with the promised
Savior. This promise to Abraham is definitely messianic and determines
that the Messiah is to emerge from the line of Abraham. Only in
the idea of the Messiah does the depth of the thought adequately
display itself. All of the promises that followed in the Hebrew
Scriptures were merely expansions, closer definitions and identifications
of the salvation held out to the whole human race in this promise.
The Gospel writer Matthew, writing to Jewish people, began with
these words from "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham" (Matthew 1:1).
When the Messiah arrived He declared to a group of teachers of
the Law, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and
He saw it, and was glad" (John 8:56). Abraham was overjoyed
to see the fullness of time when the Messiah would indeed be a
spiritual blessing. That day came when He died on the cross to
take away the sins of every individual who will believe on Him
as their personal Savior. Have you received the joy of our father
Abraham? The LORD God of Abraham is ready to bless you right now.
Abraham was the first of a great remnant who believed God's promises
regarding the coming of the Messiah. The writer of Hebrews says,
"All these died in faith, without receiving the promises,
but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance,
and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the
earth" (Hebrews 11:13).
You can't find a better summary than the following by the Apostle
Paul in Galatians 3:69:
Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as Righteousness.
Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons
of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the
Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham,
saying, "All the nations will be blessed in you."
So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.
Paul's whole point to the Jewish people is that the real spiritual
sons of Abraham are those who believe as he did, "they which
be of faith" (Rom. 3:26; 4:16; 14:23). They are not God's
people out of blood ties with Judaism. "Abraham believed
and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." Our father
Abraham was justified by faith alone. God chose him out of His
rich grace. Abraham did not earn it. He did not merit it. Yahweh
reached down to Abraham and called him to be the father of His
chosen people. Abraham believed the promise. He took God at His
word and God reckoned Abraham as righteous.
We who have come to know Christ by faith are blessed with Abraham.
God's blessings are limitless, and they are ours just like they
were Abraham's. This is part of Paul's whole argument of justification
by faith. Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ
alone. God reckons us as righteous by our faith in Christ.
The physical seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is Christ, and
the spiritual seed of Abraham includes every true child of God
who receives Jesus Christ by faith. Abraham's blessings have become
our blessings. "And in you all the families of the earth
shall be blessed."
While preaching in the Temple complex Peter brought a message
to a dramatic conclusion with these powerful words: "And
likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his
successors onward, also announced these days. It is you who are
the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with
your fathers, saying to Abraham, And in your seed all the
families of the earth shall be blessed. For you first, God
raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every
one of you from your wicked ways" (Acts 3:2426).
There weren't any questions in the mind of the Apostles as to
who this person was.
The most astounding mystery in the Bible is found in Colossians
1:2627. Paul writes of "the mystery which has been
hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now
been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known
what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles,
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." A Jewish God
residing in a Gentile heart! That was revolutionary to Peter and
Paul. It is still the most revolutionary message in the entire
That is how much the Lord God loves you and me. "For God
so loved the world" (the families of the earth), that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall
not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son
into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be
saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who
does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed
in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:1618,
If you have never put your trust in Jesus Christ as your personal
Savior, please do so right now. The very moment that you believed
on Christ you fulfill the great promise God gave to our father
Abraham centuries ago!
Isn't it wonderful being a part of God's history? If you are
a completed Hebrew, you have a double blessing! However, God's
blessings are not just for our Jewish friends, it includes us
nonJews, too. "And in you" Abraham, "all
the families of the earth shall be blessed!" Oh, praise the