The Blessing of Abraham through the Church!

Gal. 3:5-9- Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?–just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

Since Abraham is considered the “father of our faith”, and the gospel was preached to Him long before Christ was born, then the “sons of Abraham” are the “sons of Jesus Christ!” (Gal. 3:26) Abraham received the inheritance by promise and the Law was some 430 years later! The Law was our “schoolmaster” (tutor) to bring us to Christ, that we might be justfied by faith, just like Abraham. When we receive it by faith, we are no longer under a tutor. (Gal. 3:17-25)

So, now that we’ve gone through Abraham and then the Law of Moses, we come to David. Matt. 1:1 says, “The Book of genealogy of Jesus Christ, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF ABRAHAM.” When you talk about David, you have to talk about ZION! ZION was the stronghold (fortress) of David, when He became king of Israel. Since the tabernacle of David was on Mount Zion, then it is an expression of the “Overcoming church” of Jesus Christ! The Psalms proclaims this about Zion: Ps. 74:2- Remember your congregation, which You have purchased of old, The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed–THIS MOUNT ZION where you have dwelt. Ps. 82:1-3- His foundation is in the holy mountains. The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! Selah. Ps. 132:13,14- For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desire it for His dwelling place: this is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. And, Ps. 147:1-3- PRAISE THE LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

Can you see the spiritual thread running through these Psalms? It all is speaking about the true Church (ecclesia) of Jesus Christ! He has purchased the church with His won blood, it is His congregation, it is His city, it is His dwelling place, He heals and binds up the brokenhearted. What more can we say about the city of our God. Before we examine this more, look back to Abraham of what Hebrews 11:9,10 says: “By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city, which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Psalms 122:6-  Pray for the peace of Jersualem:  they shall prosper that love thee.

My question is, does this only apply to “natural Jersualem” in the land of Israel in that small piece of real estate in the middle east?  Ps. 122:3-5 says, “Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:  Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.  For there are thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.”

Before we go further with our subject of the blessing of Abraham through Israel, let’s look a moment concerning the city “Jerusalem”!  There is also a biblical fulfillment for the church concerning Jerusalem.  And, once again, before you label me, let us just agree with scripture and not just the traditions of men.  The church is a “city set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and we are being built together as a city that is compact together.

In Eph. 2:21,22 speaking of the church built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, “in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”  This is a spiritual application of the city of Jerusalem.

Heb. 12:22- “But you are come unto mount Zion and unto the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, AND TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” 

My main point that I want to make is that we are NOT cursed because we have a president who does not support Israel, but because we are the CHURCH, the true ecclesia, we are the blessing of Abraham through Isaac, the promised seed.  As long as there is a people of God that not only stand for natural Israel but as the spiritual Israel who reflect the glory of God on earth.  Gal. 3:16-  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.

Gal. 4:26-  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

We are born from above, or “born again” unto the kingdom.  The church that Jesus is building is not a “manmade institution” but is a “spiritual operation” by the Spirit of God and under the headship of King Jesus, who is both Lord and Christ.  Just as Abraham had a child of the flesh born through Hagar, and then a promised son born through Sarah called “Isaac”, so are we the children of promise.  Gal. 4:28

Romans 2:28,29-  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly;  neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly;  and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Romans 9:6-8-  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect.  For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:  Neither because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children:  BUT, IN ISAAC SHALL THEY SEED BE CALLED.  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God:  but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Gal. 6:15,16-  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Who is the Israel of God?  The Israel of God are those, both Jew and Gentile, who have been made one in Christ.  Eph. 2:14-16-  For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition, or division, between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;  for to make in himself of twain ONE NEW MAN, SO MAKING PEACE;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.

If we, the ecclesia, the sons of promise in Christ through Isaac, stand together as the Israel of God, we can see redemption in this country and will see divine intervention of the LORD in Israel and Jerusalem.  I. Pe. 4:17-  For the time has come that judgment begin at the house(hold) of God;  and if it first begin in us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

This is certainly not nearly a full study of covenantal theology, in which God has always ordained a people to walk with Him, starting with Israel being a special people, the apple of His eye, and the desire of all nations.  He will fulfill this through a redeemed people all the way until the end.  Let us rise up, in America, and be the people that the Father has ordained us to be and so shall, ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED!! (Romans 11:26)

And remember, right in the middle of Jerusalem is USA!  LET US CONTINUE TO BLESS ISRAEL AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD TOUCH ALL THE NATIONS!

BLESSINGS,

JIM BECTON

 

 

 

 

 

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