"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made..." (Galatians 3:16a).  The lives of certain saints recorded in ancient Scriptures have been key to God's plan for all His people.  Three generations of these fathers (or patriarchs) are written of in Genesis -  Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel by God, had twelve sons who were the fathers of the twelve tribes of the Israeli nation.  Most of the Old Testament is about that people.  It is  also the Scripture given as a preparation for the coming of the Jewish Messiah, God's promised Saviour.




God selected the Patriarch Abraham with this plan of a Saviour and Salvation from sin in mind and made certain promises to him and to his seed.  "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).  The fullest and most comprehensive sense in which we are to understand the word "seed" is the Messiah, the Christ that God planned to send into the world to provide salvation by dying for our sins.  The remainder of the verse quoted at the beginning tells us, "He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ" (Galatians 3:16b).  Hebrews 1:2 tells us that He is the heir of all things.
God's promise to Abraham lays the foundation for the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ, and the eternal blessings of forgiveness and everlasting life depend entirely on our relationship to Him.  We receive the blessings of Abrahamic promise through faith in Christ alone.  "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen" (II Corinthians 1:20a).  Those who believe in Jesus Christ are also spoken of  as the seed of Abraham.  "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:29).
There is also a sense in which the Bible speaks of Israel as Abraham's seed. God yet has a plan for that nation through the Messiah, as spoken of in Bible prophecy.  The promise of God to bless them that bless Abraham's seed has been proved in history by the smile of providence upon the nations that sympathize with Israel despite the prevalence of world antisemitism.
 


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10/25/2016 5:22am

All the things are written here are familiar to me as I'm Muslim and I have read them before in my religion. I appreciate that the post and your hardwork as well. Hope you find good comment for it.

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01/02/2017 8:31pm

I thinks as a muslim you only understand it this is not good things,Humanity comes first before any religion abraham is example of it.

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Father of the politics for the United States of America has been the great personality of Lincoln. His talent and foresightedness has been amazing for the predictions for the future times. The civil war was controlled effectively by the man.

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