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Bible text: Romans 4:16. (NIV)
“Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring–not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.”
There is a popular song about Abraham’s blessings which is sung till this day. I know you are singing the song already. Now let’s sing it together.
“Abraham’s blessings are mine
Abraham’s blessings are mine
I am blessed in the morning
I am blessed in the evening
Because Abraham’s blessings are mine”
Most of the time, this song is sung with the notion that the Abraham’s blessings which are now the believers are material blessings. No, this is not true. The blessing is the righteousness of faith. The pretext of the text gives a clearer understanding on this.
Romans 4 (KJV)
4:6 “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
4:9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
4:10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”
The blessings of Abraham is the justification by faith which he received from God. Abraham believed in God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. It was accounted to him means that his account was credited. In other words, he was blessed without merit. And he is the father of many who would have faith in God by believing in His Son. When anyone believes, he receives a blessing (crediting of account) in the order of Abraham, which is the righteousness of faith. This is the blessing of Abraham that the believers has. It is the right standing with or before God. It is a divine enablement to stand before God, doing His will.
Galatians 3 (NIV)
6 Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.
8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”
9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”
Someone might want to ask, “Does that mean that believers should not claim earthly riches?” See, this is the truth. You may have riches and possessions of this world. But that is not the main reason why Jesus Christ came to this world. Anything that people had before Christ’s appearance isn’t God’s ultimate goal for sending His Son. He came to give what was missing – eternal life. He came to draw men to God so that they can stand right before Him, having wandered and strayed away in times past by the deceit of their enemy, which is the devil. Anybody can be rich on earth as long as they obey and follow the principles that guide riches. But, to them that believe in Christ is the riches of the righteousness of faith. This blessing is imputed on the believers, just as it was on Abraham.
Believers ought to work.
2 Thessalonians 3 (KJV)
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
Jesus, knowing the worries of men, enjoined us not to worry but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Matthew 6 (KJV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
You see! What you should mind is the kingdom of God. You are now in the kingdom and you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. That’s the blessing God has blessed you (the believer) with, the same blessing Abraham had through faith.
God wants you to be rich. Yes, He does. But you have to work. Don’t just claim any material blessing. Abraham was not lazy. He was hardworking. Let God bless your work. He has to bless something. Find something to do. Abraham’s blessings that you have is not his earthly possessions. Don’t be deceived.
The righteousness of faith is the blessing. It is what we stand to enjoy when we have faith in Christ Jesus. And be sure that when you are conscious of this, walking in the reality of it, every other things shall be added unto you – the earthly or material blessings will be a plus. Amen.
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