That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:14, KJV)
An important biblical truth that we must fully understand practically is the blessing of Abraham. It is a subject that often comes up when Biblical financial prosperity principles are taught. But what indeed is the blessing of Abraham?
First, it is attached to Abraham because after God called him, He said “in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed” ( Gen. 12:3). This is clearly mentioned by Paul a few verses before our main verse above in Gal. 3:8. God essentially told Abraham that through him, He God was going to bless all the people of the earth. So it was a promise of blessing, through Abraham, that will come to the nations of the world. Abraham, in his own lifetime, was blessed tremendously. The blessing called the “blessing of Abraham” was NOT referring to the blessing Abraham himself enjoyed, though it does not necessarily exclude it. It was a blessing that was to come to all the nations, Jews and Gentiles.
Gal. 3:14 tells us in plain terms what this blessing is and the chain of events that relate to it. It says the blessing will come to the Gentiles so that they will receive the Holy Spirit. The blessing was the gift of righteousness by faith; the justification by faith through which the Holy Spirit has been given to the gentiles. I grew up knowing that the blessing of Abraham was financial prosperity because that is what I was taught, and I still continue to hear this in many circles. The blessing of Abraham IS NOT financial prosperity. It is the blessing of being justified by faith in Christ, receiving the free gift of righteousness, and receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit. Yes, financial prosperity comes with our salvation in Christ as I have taught before but this must not dilute the truth of the Word of God. I think part of the reason for this error results from failing to recognize the difference between what Abraham enjoyed in his lifetime and what God PROMISED to give him through His Seed, Jesus Christ. The teaching that the blessing of Abraham is financial prosperity is a horrible misinterpretation of the scriptures that is depriving many believers of the understanding of the blessedness of the mysteries and wonders of Christ’s work. Please take a moment and read the entire Romans chapter 4 and Galatians chapter 3 to get Paul’s understanding of this blessing.
Once your eyes open to see what God really calls the blessing of Abraham, you will immediately realize how myopic(short-sighted) an interpretation that makes it equal to financial prosperity is. However, it will immediately create awe in your heart for the extravagant kindness God has shown us in Christ through the Seed of Abraham. The blessing of Abraham has come to you through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Is financial prosperity part of the material blessings we have in Christ? Is it part of the salvation package? Do you think God’s promise to Abraham was that He was going to make the families of the earth financially rich through him?
APPLY THE WORD
Abraham himself did not enjoy the Blessing of Abraham!( Heb. 11:39). He could not enjoy it because the Seed who was the fulfillment of the Promise had not yet come. He only had a foretaste with material fringe benefits. That promise is now present day reality in you. What Abraham enjoyed during his lifestime, the prosperity, protection, etc, are only the expected MINIMUM of the material aspect of that blessing. As your eyes open to see this blessing for what it really is, your shoulders will rise, and your awe for God’s grace will result in spontaneous and endless praise!
Bless the LORD for the blessing of Abraham that has already been given to you in Christ.