Blessing of Abraham:
Blessing of Abraham is a term that is very commonly used in the sphere of Christian gathering. To show how intent it is among them, they have composed songs using the term blessing .of Abraham. It’s an indication that the blessing of Abraham is something very paramount in the hearts of Christians/believers in Christ. As a matter of fact, in prayers believers declare that the blessing of Abraham should be theirs. The question therefore is what is really the blessing of Abraham? For us to answer this question, the tracing of where this blessing was mentioned in the scripture should be done. Thorough analysis on this blessing of Abraham will help to either encourage or discourage Christians from desiring it or declaring it over their lives.
Lineage Of Abraham:
However, before we begin to analyze what the blessing of Abraham is, we should first all try to have a small background history of who Abraham was. Abraham was previously known as Abram. He was the son of a man called Terah a native of Ur of Chaldeans. This man called Terah never knew God and didn’t worship God. All the Children of Terah didn’t know God until God called Abram. This implies that Abram was an idol worshipper before God called him. So he came from a background of idol worshippers. As the relationship between Abram and God grew his name was changed from Abram to Abraham. Let’s see this quotation below.
“And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.”
Blessing Of Abraham – Change Of Name:
Contain in the above quotation are the promises of God to Abram. In the quotation it is noticeable that God changed his name. God called him and said that “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” God didn’t stop there, He said “And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.” The promises of God in the quotation above are just emphatic. And later on in the life of Abraham and his descendants these promises came into being. Notwithstanding, at the point God called Abram out of his family, God say many other things to him. These things can be found in the quotation below.
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”
How God Called Abraham:
In the above quotation, God called out Abram from his family and along the line God made promises to him. God said to him “ I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” He also said to him that “and make thy name great; thou shalt be a blessing.” Critical look at the promises of God in the quotation indicated that God will make of Abram a great nation.
This statement is in consonant and an affirmation to the later promise of God to him. It says “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” See Genesis 17:5. Then God said to him that “and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” Here to make his name great means that his name will be associated with power and wealth. The statement “thou shall be a blessing goes with his being great (power and wealth). The fulfillment of this promise is established in Genesis chapter 13 as stated below.
“And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.”
Understanding The Blessing:
Therefore, Abram became rich and powerful. He stood before kings and spoke boldly to them. Abraham was the first man God called His prophet. This shows the level of influence he has generated among people and nations.
“Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.”
Notice that all of the above mentioned riches, wealth or blessing was not the blessing of Abraham. These were material or physical and tangible blessing that he received as a result of his association with God. The really blessing of Abraham is located in his ability to accept the gospel of God. When God preached the Gospel to him, he accepted and believed God in Christ. Let’s see this quotation below;
“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. He believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
The Seed Of Abraham:
Abraham was in a discussion with God and God brought him out in the night and asked him to look toward heaven and number the stars. God made analogy with the numbers of stars to the number of his seed. In the statement, God didn’t use the word seeds but seed. Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Galatians puts it better this way.
“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
“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.”
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Righteousness By Faith:
Since Abraham demonstrated faith in accepting the gospel God preached to him, it was accounted to him for righteousness. He became righteous not as a result of the material blessing he got from God. The righteousness of God was given to him because by faith he accepted Christ on a promissory note. To this effect the gift of righteousness by faith is the blessing of God. Therefore, believers in Christ have also received the gift of righteousness of God by faith as Abraham did. Here, by taking the step Abraham took, it shows that believers in Christ are children of Abraham.
The blessing of Abraham believers in Christ inherited is the righteousness of God. The righteousness Abraham obtained wasn’t a product of his work or performance. Therefore if it is by faith it was obtained on the platter of the grace of God. In the vein, the believers in Christ obtained their righteousness by faith in the finished work of Christ. This also is a product of the grace of God in Christ.
Apostle Paul’s View:
Let’s see how Apostle Paul puts it in his epistle to the Romans.
“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
Hence, the blessing of God is that a man who is ungodly is being declared righteous by faith in the finished work of Christ. The man whose sins are forgiven is blessed. This is the blessing of Abraham not the material blessing he obtained.
About The Author:
Chukwuemeka C. Asiegbu is the Pastor of Saved In The Lord Evangelical Ministry. He has authored many books such as “The Earth Is From Nothing”, “Man”, “The Power Of Light” etc. He has also written many Christian related articles. You can always contact him here
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