Blessed

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God promised Abram many millennia ago, “In you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)


You see a final description of “all the families of the earth” in Revelation 5:9-10. It is a description which encompasses all people, of every race, of every language, of every tribe, of every type of men, women, and children in every age of the earth. There are no such thing as “un-reached peoples!” The family of God encompasses every kind of people; representatives from every group. All the kinds of people which God created; these will be an integral part of God’s redeemed and completed family.

God created Adam, He then established the lines of families coming from Adam’s sons, Seth and Cain, He saved alone Noah and seven people of Noah’s family from the universal flood.

Of the people populating the earth stemming from Noah and his children after the flood, God chose from among them Abram/Abraham to create from his seed God’s chosen people Israel, who would in turn by God’s provision become a light to non-Jewish Gentiles. Thus, some of Israel together with many Gentiles, who are grafted into the tree, will become the solitary Olive Tree which constitutes the whole family of God (read Romans 11); complete, whole, redeemed.

Abraham had faith, faith in the One True God (Hebrews 11:8-19). So he was called by God the father of the people of faith. God’s Word proclaims: “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29).

The blessed people of the earth are these: those who are in Christ, Abraham’s offspring, the actual heirs of the promise made millennia ago. Are you of those blessed by God? If you are “in Christ” you are! What does it actually mean to be “blessed?” It means everything! Anything else in your life means absolutely nothing in comparison to possessing this blessing!

Esau craved the ancestral blessing given instead, by God’s obvious providence, to his twin brother Jacob. But once given to Jacob by his father, Isaac/Israel, it was irrevocable. Esau’s tears were bitter, but apparently unavailing for Esau’s descendants. This was the lesson given in Scripture to you to explain the exclusivity of God’s eternal promise. The blessing you seek for yourself comes only through Jesus Christ to those who by faith are in Christ. The blessing will never accrue to any who are not in Christ. Such will simply never happen.

To be included among the blessed families/individuals of God’s promise to Abraham is inestimable. It is eternal. It is beyond any gift that can ever be given. It is the ultimate, supreme gift of the ages. It will never be revoked. It is sealed eternally by the perfect character of God. The essence of this blessing is specifically this: “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23).

Seek, therefore, with all that is in you to be found “in Christ.” This is obtained by faith. Paul said to the Philippian jailer who asked him how he could be saved, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, you and your household.”

“Believe in” means know who Jesus is, what He has done, and trust in Him, His words and promises. Faith acts in belief. It will neither renege nor be turned aside in its seeking of Jesus. “I must have Jesus or I die,” is the blunt testimony of the follower of Jesus. You mean it, and you commit your whole life to it.

This promise is yours if you are found “in Christ.” Once in Christ the Word of God affirms, “no man can pluck you out of His hand!” (John 10:28) Rest always in this sure promise of God. You are and will be blessed, and that forever!


“All praise to thee my God, this night, for all the blessings of the light; keep me, O keep me, King of kings, beneath thine own almighty wings.”

(1st verse of Thomas Ken’s hymn, “All Praise To Thee My God, This Night,” 1709)

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Stephen Leonard

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