Who are the children of Abraham? Do they exist today? Where are they located?
We can find the answers to these questions when we take a look at the scriptures.
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. (Galatians 3:6-9)
The passage above tells us that Abraham believed God, and that God laid this to Abraham’s account for righteousness. This is referring to the promise that God made to Abraham regarding his seed (descendants) as being more numerous than the stars in heaven. God promised Abraham a son from his own loins, and that promise was fulfilled when Isaac was born. (Genesis 17:21) Abraham received a promise that in him all the families of the earth would be blessed. (Genesis 12:3) That promise included families from every nation on planet earth. (Genesis 22:18, 26:4)
It is all about faith, and it is all about faith in the one true God. The scriptures let us know that God would justify the “heathen” through faith. The word “heathen” (ethnos) is used here by Paul, and that is a word that is also translated as Gentiles or nations in the Bible.
In plain and simple language, the scriptures let us know that it was always God’s plan to have the gospel go to the whole world. It is very interesting that Paul told us that Abraham had the”gospel” (glad tidings) preached unto him, and it all had to do with the “gospel” going to all the nations of the earth!
Jesus Christ was the promised “seed” or descendant whom God had spoken to Abraham about all those years ago.
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. (Galatians 3:16)
Jesus Christ is the very fulfillment of the promise that was made to Abraham. Jesus Christ is the one who came down from the glory of heaven, to fulfill the promise which was made all those years ago to Abraham. Jesus Christ went to the cross so that wretches like you and me might receive the promise of eternal life. It is about Jesus Christ and what He has done for us at Calvary.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
Jesus Christ took the curse of the law upon Himself so that people from every corner of the earth, who are all sinners, might turn to him (repent) and be forgiven of their sins. Many people make the fatal mistake of believing that their “good deeds” will outweigh their “bad deeds” and that God will hold up the “scales of justice” on judgment day and say “come on up!”
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:19-26)
The law of God absolutely silences the mouth of every human being on planet earth, who attempt to justify themselves before a holy and righteous God. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) act as a spiritual X-RAY machine, which shows everyone, to be a “CONFIRMED WRETCH IN DIRE NEED OF MERCY.” God already knows what wretches ALL of us are, BUT most people continue to proclaim their own goodness, in the face of Almighty God.
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. (Romans 3:26-31)
So what is the bottom line in all of this? The bottom line is that the children of Abraham are those who are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile (non Jew). This means that any person from any part of the world has an equal opportunity for salvation. There is no boasting about how wonderful a person is or what they have done. The only boasting you will hear from those who have trusted in Jesus Christ is their boasting about His awesome mercy in reaching out to them with His great salvation. They see themselves in truth, even as Almighty God sees them.
Salvation has nothing to do with geographical location and that includes the land of Israel in the middle east. Salvation comes by faith and it is all about that spiritual connection which is made between the sinner and Almighty God. The same offer of salvation is available for the sinner in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as is available to the sinner in Baghdad, Istanbul, or New York City.
So the “children of Abraham” are those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and that includes people from every corner of the earth. The “children of Abraham” are scattered all over the world at the present time, and that includes people of every color, every language, every race and they come from every country. Are you numbered with the”children of Abraham?” Have you repented of your sins and put your faith in Jesus Christ?
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. (Revelation 5:9)
The hate mongers who claim to know God and hate people of a different race will not be found among this group in heaven. The only people who will be found in heaven, will be those who have seen themselves in truth and received the awesome mercy and great salvation that God offers them through His Son Jesus Christ!