The Blessing Of Abraham, How And What Is It? – Part Two

Continued from the last episode:

Notice that we stated earlier that the blessing of God is an empowerment and here again we have defined the blessing as the gift of righteousness. Therefore, if the blessing is the gift of righteousness, it means that righteousness is empowerment, the empowerment to have the right standing before God. So the blessing Abraham received was actually the empowerment to have the right standing before God to speak and declare things without any sense of guilt. And I want to declare to you that such a man is the most blessed of all men on this planet earth. 

It has been the nature of God to always bless; there is nothing else that comes from God except blessing. Before the foundation of the earth, He has mapped out the earth and blessed it. And before bringing man into existence in this earth He has chosen to bless man and truly He gave man all that man needed for existence in this earth. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen 1:27 – 28). This is the character of God and God cannot change, therefore this character is consistence and cannot because of anything change. If there is any way this blessing is not noticed in the life of an individual it is not God’s making but that individual’s inability to understand and make use of what God has made available. 

The blessing Abraham received has been there even before the earth, is not like God saw Abraham and decided to bless him. Abraham did not move God to bless him; that would mean that God reacted to certain things that he did. No, God has been moved before eternity. And because of that He knew Abraham and has predestined him for the blessing. But there is one thing God cannot do for Abraham, and that is to decide for him in receiving the blessing. Therefore, this implies that God cannot impose blessing on any individual or group of people, the receiving of the blessing is depended on the receiver. This shows that the blessing is constant but the receiving is inconstant because it depends on the receiver and God cannot invade the will of the receiver. 
One thing containing in the statement of the Abraham’s blessing from God is that “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Gen 12:2). The statement says Abraham will be a blessing, this suggests that since Abraham has agreed to receive the blessing, he will be the carrier of the blessing and others will benefit from it and as well become blessed. Remember the blessing of Abraham here is not physical things but the righteousness of God that he received. This is to say that Abraham becomes the carrier of God’s righteousness and through him people are seeing the righteous nature of God and believing in God. In other words, before the foundation of the earth, God saw all that He created and made them righteous even before they knew about it, so the limitation is in the ability of man to recognize what God has already done and accept it. 

For instance, it is insightful to say that God before the foundation of the earth has also declared the Gentiles righteous and that the Gentiles do not know about it because of lack of knowledge. And as a result they were alienated from the righteous nature of God. Let’s see what happened with Peter in a trance “And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.” (Acts 10:10-19). When did God cleanse the Gentile? Well before the foundation of the earth; He sees the Gentile as His own people and in His sight they are righteous because He that created them is righteous. But because of lack of knowledge of who God is, the Gentile couldn’t grasp the nature of God’s righteousness in them. Remember in that trance Peter was told this “Do not call what God has cleansed common.” This implies that God has cleansed them before the gospel could even come to them.

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