Hello everyone thanks for embarking this Advent journey with us, anticipating the celebration of
Christ's birth. Let us pause and remember God’s faithfulness and commitment to his word. I
could probably write an entire book on the faith and foreshadowing of Abraham to Christ, but
lets just focus on how Christ fulfills the promise God gave to Abraham in Genesis 12:
The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s
household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
God’s promise is expanded in Genesis 15: 5-6; 18-21, saying that Abraham would have
numerous descendants through his son Isaac. In Genesis 17 God then asks for Abraham and
all the males in his service and descendants to be circumcised in order to show their identity in
as God’s Holy People. In the end God also adds that through Abraham and Sarah’s lineage
there would be kings and that their descendants will inherit the land of Abraham within
In the promise to Abraham, there are three key highlights:
1.) God promised Abraham many descendants
God chose Abraham and his descendants to be the Chosen people of God and a
great nation. Circumcision was to be the physical identifying symbol of this. God
has an intended plan for his people as a whole to grow, continue, and to be filled
with hope. Abraham’s descendants were to be a Holy or “set apart” people who
were to seek purity, commitment and obedience to God.
2.) God promised Abraham that his descendants would have a Promised Holy land
for them to live and Worship
The land that Abraham was promised was held by wicked tribes and nations that
practiced Idolatry, child sacrifice, and immorality. Abraham’s descendants were
to redeem it and return it to God’s original design. It was to be a physical,
tangible Holy place where God would be with his people and his people could
worship Him, and live in accordance to His covenant with them.
3.) God promised that all Nations would be blessed through Abraham’s descendants
Through the descendants of Abraham, all nations will experience the effects of
God’s favor and blessing. God wasn’t going to settle with only focusing on
Abraham’s lineage. God wants all people to know Him and worship Him. The descendants of Abraham have a responsibility to share knowledge of God and His truth, His laws, and His justice.
Each and every promise God gave to Abraham and his descendants was inevitably intended to
restore creation and people, however as we know from reading the bible that every time that
Israel would look like they were on the right track, it always seemed like something would
prevent them. This thing is sin, it plagued the nation of Israel, it plagues you and me, and it's the
thing that makes a barrier between us and God. However God’s promise is faithful and true, it
has never and will never fail. God has indeed offered a way to fulfill the promise to Abraham and
fix that pesky sin problem for good. God offers it in the form of his Son Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:16 says:
6 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to
offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is
Even at the very beginning when God spoke the promise to Abraham, the promise were always
referring to Christ. Everything from Israel and the account of the Old Testament was an
foreshadowing of The New Covenant. Christ was always the true focus point of the promise.
Christ is a descendant of Abraham, The King of Heaven and of Earth, and through Him
humanity is blessed. The greatest thing thing is that, through Christ, christians can share into
1. Descendants through Faith Galatians 3: 7-9, 26, Romans 2:9
Circumcision of the flesh of the Old Testament is only a foreshadowing of a greater
Circumcision of the heart, through Christ. It is through faith, the same kind of faith
modeled by Abraham, fulfilled through Christ that we are considered descendants of
Abraham. It was always intended by our faith, and not our physical blood. Therefore this
promise is extended to all people regardless of race, sex, or nationality, as long as we
have faith in Christ.
2. Inheritance of a greater dwelling Ephesians 1: 13-14, Revelation 7: 9, 21: 1-4
Through our faith in Christ we are sealed with the Holy Spirit as a deposit on our
inheritance to a land, a new Jerusalem, a place where people from all nations,
languages, will unite in faith and worship of God. Here christians will experience the final
removal of sin. There will be no more pain, suffering, sadness, or brokenness for the rest
of eternity. Here believers will fully dwell with God and He dwells with us for all eternity.
3. Christ is the Ultimate Blessing John 14: 6, Romans 1:16, John 1: 12-13. 2nd
Corinthians 5: 17
Now we are now back to that bothersome sin problem. That sin that separates us and
distances us from God, that prevents us from being with the Father is reconciled through
the Son. Additionally, the old has passed away, and we are made new in Christ, a new
life that is repentant and hates sin for what it is. Through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross
we are given the greatest blessing ever, a new eternal and transformed life. All you have
to do is believe in him, realize your sin and its physical and spiritual consquences, then
call upon Christ to be your savior.
1.) Ephesians 1 calls believers adopted children of God. As descendants of faith, how do
you feel as if you are currently walking worthy as a Child of God, of Christ’s calling?
Additionally, what are some areas where you see opportunities for growth in your
2.) Phillipians 1:12- For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. How does knowing that
God has a place designated for restoring believers with him in the future, affect your
mission on earth and shape your perspective on pain and suffering in the present?
3.) Romans 10:17 says faith comes from hearing the gospel. What practical steps are you
taking to engage with lost people and share the message of Christ with them? What are
some areas that you can grow in evangelism?