The True Fulfillment of God’s Promise to Abraham

In the OT the Jews knew they were the chosen people and they lived under the promise of Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those that bless thee and curse those that curse thee…” This was an amazing promise of protection to Abraham and his seed, but this promise found an end in Jesus Christ: “… and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  

Jesus Christ was the ultimate Chosen Person and the truth is that those who bless Jesus will be blessed and those that curse Jesus will be cursed, regardless of their genetic background. Furthermore, if you are “In Him” and have your name written in His Book of Life then you are Chosen as well. However, in the New Covenant God’s Chosen People don’t get to walk around like the OT Jews did saying, “We are the Chosen People! Don’t mess with us!” No indeed, in the New Covenant Jesus turns this promise into an obligation. Instead of having a smug self-righteous attitude we are to walk in humility and extend to others the very blessings that Jesus extended to us.

In Matthew 25 Jesus transforms the promise of Genesis 12 into an obligation that rests upon His true Chosen People. We are called to love those that are least loved in this world, and to identify the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the strangers, the naked and the prisoners as Jesus Himself. Then those that bless Jesus will be blessed and inherit the Kingdom, whereas those that curse Jesus will themselves be cursed and cast into eternal darkness:

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  (Matthew 25:31-46)

Genesis 12:3 does not apply to the physical descendants of Abraham now that we live in the time of the New Covenant. The physical has been transformed into the spiritual and Jesus has ironically flipped it in Matthew 25. It is no longer a promise, but an obligation and a mandate for those who claim to be God’s people to love those who need God’s love the most.


15 thoughts on “The True Fulfillment of God’s Promise to Abraham

  1. Amen, Peter. When we were children, my parents would heap upon us loads of chores to do every Saturday. Each child had different responsibilities. We worked from 9 am until 4 pm. Even if you were able to finish your work early, they’d just add to your list until the end of the day. It seemed such a burdensome thing, and you can imagine how we dreaded Saturdays.

    With our own children, while there are still chores to do, we often do our big projects together. This makes the work seem lighter, and, of course, it’s always better to do work with community.

    The work that was once so burdensome, has now become less so, because it is done in relationship…still required of us, but as a labor of love, walked out as a family.

    This “obligation” that you speak of, though it is yet a burden, because we have become yoked with Him, it is one that if bourne easily. The burden that we now carry – to share this blessing – is a light one because we don’t do it alone.

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  2. Sounds like “Replacement” theology to me, which is a doctrine of demons. I believe we are in the “Time of the Gentiles” which we were supposed to go into All the World with the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Scholars say there are over 300 prophecies concerning the return of Israel to their Promise Land. That happened in 1948 & I believe they, Israel, the Apple of God’s eye, are God’s timepiece to the End Times scenerio, not America or the “Christian Church.” We had 2,000 yrs to get it right & we have blown it & will soon suffer the consequences of our “doctrines of demons” & powerless perverted “Gospel” of Christ Jesus. God help us All.

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  3. I could not agree more yea yea and amen! reminds me of the two laws to hang all the law and the prophets on which are? anybody ?Mt.22 .37-40 to be the greatest in gods kingdom you must become the servant of all. serving God w/ heart, strenth,mind and your neighbor equal support as yourself! now your on the scent! in your search for truth!
    Nohomehere!

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  4. a well thought out and insightful article and worthy of further study and consideration on my part. Thanks again for taking the time to put your thoughts on paper.

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  5. In Acts chapter 3, an Israeli at the Temple asked the Christian leaders Peter and John for money (as they do today). Unlike today’s Christians, Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none”, but then gave the Jew what he needed – the supernatural power of Jesus Christ to heal him. They then preached to the Jews present that they had chosen the “murderer” (and patriotic terrorist) Jesus Barabbas over Jesus Christ (v. 14),and were told they need to repent, as they were children “of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed” (v. 25), then noting that “God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (v. 26). In other words, God “blessed” Israel by His interpretation of the prescription of Genesis 12:3 – by sending Jesus to turn them from their iniquities. Should we as Christians today “bless” Israel in the same manner that God Himself did?

    Of course, that earned them a threatened beating from all the Jewish officials, but they refused their demands to no longer preach. When they rejoined their Christian brethren, the people recited Psalms 2 (vv. 25-28) – however noting, contrary to modern Christian theology, that Pilate, the Romans and the Jews were all the enemies of the Lord and His anointed, and all came up against them! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our Christian leaders today used their lucrative tours of Israel not to fawn over the rabbis and atheist political leaders there who curse us when we are out of earshot, but rather went to the Western Wall and preached the Gospel to them, risking the beating they would get, as did our predecessors the Apostles?

    Regarding the common view that Christ warns us to treat the nation of Israel well as the “apple of His eye” – this view came from a Talmud passage where they reportedly used sorcery to magically evoke Jesus from His resting place in excrement in Hell (sent there for “mocking the Sages”), where He then exalted the nation of Israel, and said they were the apple of God’s eye, according to the rabbis that wrote this. Look it up!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_in_the_Talmud

    Are we to trust their testimony of this over that of the apostles?

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  6. Regarding the “apple of His eye” is FOUND in Deut 32:10, that is the Bible, for us Christians, not wikipedia! LOOK IT UP! God is talking about Jacob, who We, Christians, Know as Israel, after Jacob wrestled all night with the Angel of God. Study your Bible, MORE & wikepedia & doctrines of demons less! The Bible must Become FIRST in Christians lives & the teachings of men will be seen for what they ARE, Doctrines of demons, straight from the pit of HELL! Wake up Christians! Get filled with the Spirit of God & His Word!

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  7. Don’t misunderstand me, brother Darryl. I know there is an Old Testament citation to the “apple” quote, and it is clear from Scripture that God loves the Patriarchs. I’ll even go beyond that and state that I am led to believe that God will express His love to the patriarchs by preserving a small remnant of their kin until the very end, to fulfill promises to the Patriarchs (as suggested in the Book of Romans), even thought Israel at large has been a consistent covenant breaker.

    However, the book of Revelation and many other passages reveals tragically that the overwhelming portion of the Jews, including in Israel today, will rightfully die in their sins for rejecting Christ (as will others). When we expend our time inflating their self-important ego rather than lovingly focusing on preaching the Gospel to them, we do them a terrible spiritual disservice, and one might rightfully ask if we truly love them with such behaviors. The Rabbis who killed Christ and many of the Apostles and early Christians evolved this nascient belief within the Jews that their ethnic pedigree made them “off limits” from estrangement from God as the “apple of His eye”, while throwing away countless words of God through the prophets that described them as prostitutes, worthless and even like “menstruous cloths”. Only when they exhibit the faith of Abraham and David are they truly “sons of Abraham”.

    I cited the Talmud, since it is the authoritative source of belief and doctrine for Jews since its introduction, to show the history of how they convinced themselves of their unaccountable divine favor, but how they also seduced Christians these days to adopt the words of the Rabbis (and even have them speak in our pulpits at times) rather than the clear headed, consistent and even loving but honest teaching of Paul and the other Apostles, not to mention Christ Himself (who offered to turn stones into “Sons of Abraham”, while noting that the father of the “apple of God’s eye” Jewish leaders was Satan himself). Does God experience cognitive dissonance, or is the relationship between God and Israel more complex than the simplistic answers we as evangelicals gravitate to?

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  8. Christ Jesus was cruxified because of MY sins & Yours, it doesn’t matter who did it. I did it, You did it, we ALL cruxified the Lamb of God. The Truth is that as we are grafted into the the True Olive Tree now & Most of the Children of Israel have been cut off, for now. But, the Children of Abraham, will Repent & be grafted back in & We can be broken off if we are not carefull! Your attitude, in your writings, comes off as Very Prideful & not in Humility & Thankfullness that Salvation is from the Jews & that we humbly Serve the King of the Jews. I know God has told me to “Keep It Simple Son!” Your writings come across to me like Nazi Propaganda, seeking to blame everything on the Jews & not their, Nazis, own demonically inspired agenda. I can only tell you what I see in your writings & the “spirit” I feel when reading it. But, I am a Simple Man that loves to read the Words of Christ Jesus & so gratefull, that despite my innumerable number of sins against Him, that His Blood washed them ALL away.

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  9. Great post Peter. The words of the NT are very clear that believers are the chosen and the elect now under the New Covenant. There is no difference now between Jew and Gentile under the New Covenant. Both groups are sinners and both can only be saved one way, by grace through faith. And, when they are saved, whether Jew or Gentile, they are both grafted into the same olive tree,

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  10. We all live under the truth that the Holy Spirit proclaimed in Galatians 3.29: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” I appreciate Peter G’s reminder of how this calls us to live and love as the children of Abraham.

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  11. Posters like Darryl Williams cause division by hurling ephitets at people who discuss the words of Jesus. That is because Darryl was trained by this world’s religion rather than Jesus own words. He is still on baby’s milk.He cannot accept the simple truth that Jesus is the vine and we individuals are the branches. There is no more Jew and gentile, black white, man, woman or whatever physical division that besets us. Individual branches are broken off and grafted back onto the vine Jesus. We are a NEW MAN in Christ.The man he called a Nazi is trying to make the point that too many Christians are holding the unrepentant physical Jews up on some sort of pedestal when we are all obligated to repent in the blood of Christ in order to be called sons of Abraham. I would advise against peaching at the wailing wall. Jesus said to shake the dust off your feet and go to the next city who will hear you.

    I might add that the House of Judah (Jews) is not all physical Israel. There are also the physical descendants of the House of Israel out there (western nations) numbered as the sand of the sea. It is a fascinating story in itself how that House carried the Bible and Christianity to the world and its chief proponent is in the birthright tribes of Ephraim and Manessah. Judah was promised the kingly line and the sceptre, and House of Israel was promised the choice parts of the earth and many blessings incuding military dominance. There were physical promises made and kept to both these Houses for God’s purposes but the simple truth is genetics cannot save you, you must repent and be filled with the Holy Spirit and believe in Jesus.

    http://israelite.info (Christian perspective on House of Isreal)
    http://hebrewnations.com/ (A Jewish site acknowledging the western nations are House of Israel).

    God promises some day to reunite the two sticks Israel and Judah. I believe this is being fulfilled in Jesus.

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  12. Jesus also uses Matt 25 to transform Obadiah 1:15. Obadiah says, “The Lord’s vengeance will soon fall upon all Gentile nations. As you have done to Israel, so will it be done to you. Your acts will boomerang upon your heads.” Yet Jesus in Matt 25 identifies Himself as “the least of these, my brethren,” saying, “If you did it to them, you did it to me.”

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