Abraham is probably best remembered as the husband of Sarah, who gave birth to Isaac, when she was a very old woman. Isaac was the child that the Lord promised Abraham and Sarah, and it came to pass as the Lord promised, but it was according to His timetable and not their own. Did you know that this same Abraham was given a promise, that he would be the Father of many nations? Many people often think of Abraham in terms of the people of Israel, but they are completely unaware that Abraham is also called the Father of many nations. Here is the promise from the Old Testament:
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.” (Genesis 17:1-4)
That same promise is spoken about in the New Testament also:
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. (Romans 4:17,18 )
Here is a well known verse which is always used in reference to BLESSING the JEWISH people, but you rarely ever hear the second part of that verse, which talks about ALL the families of he earth being blessed!
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
You see Abraham believed the promise that the Lord had given to him regarding the birth of his son, from the womb of His elderly wife Sarah, and thus the Lord accounted that faith of Abraham as righteousness.
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (Romans 4:19-22)
Now watch this folks. This is where the rest of the world comes into play. This is how it is possible for any person living in the world to be able to come into a true, soul saving relationship with the true God of the Bible, and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:23-25)
Did you catch that. It was the FAITH of Abraham which the Lord accounted as RIGHTEOUSNESS to Abraham, because he simply BELIEVED the promise that God had given to him. And now we read that it was not for Abraham’s sake alone, but for those who believe on Him [God] the one who raised Jesus from the dead! The passage goes on to say that Jesus was delivered for OUR offences [sins] and raised again [from the dead] for our JUSTIFICATION!
You must understand here that this promise is for any human being throughout the word, whether they be Jewish or Gentile. You must also understand that this promise is ONLY for those who believe the truth about Jesus Christ, which includes the fact that He came to die for our sins, and that He rose again from the dead.
There is an absolute EXCLUSIVITY to the Gospel proclamation, which cannot, and must not be ignored. May I also say that if any man or woman who claims to be a Christian, believes and preaches otherwise, then they are a BOGUS CHRISTIAN, and they do not speak according to the truth of God’s Word.
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20)
The scriptures from the book of Romans, at the beginning of this article were written by the apostle Paul, who was a former persecutor and murderer of Christians, by his own admission. [Acts 26:1-11] The verses below were written by this same man Paul, in his letter to the Galatians.
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 true “children of Abraham” are simply those people who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The scriptures foresaw that the Gospel would go to the heathen [nations] and that includes any sin ladened wretch [including me and you] in any part of this world. Jesus told us to repent and believe the Gospel. [Mark 1:15] It does not matter where you live, what color your skin is, or what language you speak, you qualify if you are breathing today.
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)
Here is the clincher right here. The PROMISE that was made to Father Abraham, was made to him, and his SEED [descendant] and the SEED [descendant] was the person of Jesus Christ. If a person rejects Jesus Christ then it is most obvious that they are not a true child of Abraham.
For ye are all the CHILDREN OF GOD by FAITH in CHRIST JESUS. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. And if ye be Christ’s, THEN are ye Abraham’s seed, and HEIRS according to the PROMISE. (Galatians 3:26-29)
The passage written above by the Jewish apostle Paul, clearly shows us that a person becomes a CHILD OF GOD by faith in Christ Jesus. Folks those words were written by Paul, a man who was on a rampage against Christians until he was converted on the road to Damascus. [Acts 9] Paul also tells us that if a person belongs to Christ, then they are Abraham’s seed, obviously because of their FAITH in Jesus Christ.
Keep this in mind as the days grow darker,and you see those joint Zionism meetings between “Christians” and ethnic Jewish people taking place. There is a lot of hoopla and flag waving going on, but you will not hear the clear sound of the Gospel of Jesus Christ being preached!
If you preach the Gospel of Christ, as Paul preached it, then there is bound to be trouble because there is a spiritual battle going on for every single soul. Do not forget that soon after Paul was converted, the Jewish people wanted to kill him!
And straightway he [Paul, formerly Saul] PREACHED CHRIST in the synagogues, that he is the SON OF GOD. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that DESTROYED THEM which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the CHIEF PRIESTS? But Saul increased the more in strength, and CONFOUNDED THE JEWS which dwelt at Damascus, PROVING that this is very CHRIST (MESSIAH). And after that many days were fulfilled, the JEWS took counsel to KILL HIM: (Acts 9:20-23)
The Gospel needs to be preached to the Jewish people the same way that Paul and Peter preached it to them.
The dead giveaway, at these modern day meetings is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not preached to the Jewish people who are present.
They are not being told as Jesus said, that unless they repent they will perish!
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)
They are not being told as Jesus said that if they reject Him, they will die in their sins!
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)
They are not being told that the wrath of God abides upon them if they reject Jesus Christ.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)
I do not care how much prophecy you quote from the Old Testament, it all boils down to what a person does with Jesus Christ! You can quote your Old Testament prophecies until your face turns purple, but if you fail to preach the Gospel to the people you are ignoring the words of Jesus Christ Himself!
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:15-16)
The scriptures also tell us the following.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Hebrews 1:1-3)
God has used the great fathers of the faith in times past, and God has used the prophets in times past, but the scriptures tell us that God has spoken to us in these LAST DAYS by His Son!
How? By His Son!
It is a GREAT SIN to let any group of people in the world, especially the Jewish people, think that their sins can be purged in any other way, other than through the BLOOD of Jesus Christ.