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December 6th - Ben Shacklett

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

Canaan.


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

Christ.


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

the promises.


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.


Discussion Questions

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

spiritual walk?


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?

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