I know a lot of Christians who are focused on “getting blessed.” They want a new car or a new house or a new job. But what does God think about all of this? What is His definition of “blessings”?
We first read about blessings In Genesis 12. It is recorded that God made a promise of future blessings to Abraham (Abram).
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing.” Genesis 12:1 & 2
What was the blessing that was promised to Abram? (Who was later re-named Abraham.) We get our answer from the Apostle Paul, the guy who was taught the gospel message directly from the Lord Jesus Himself.
For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:11-12
Okay, so with confidence that the Apostle Paul is a credible witness to the truth, let us finally get an answer to the question.. What was the blessing promised to Abraham? Paul gives the answer in chapter 3 of his letter to the Galatians. 😁
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:13-14
You guys, this is so exciting! We don’t have to be born an Israelite. Even we Gentiles can receive the promise given to Abraham. Whether a Jew or a Gentile, you can receive the promise of the Holy Spirit!
And we all need the Holy Spirit, because it is the Spirit that gives life to our mortal bodies.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
If you want to be blessed, that is about as good as it gets. If you want to be blessed, it begins with faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you want to be blessed by God, seek the blessing that was promised to Abraham: the Holy Spirit.
And once His Spirit has given life to your mortal body, once you have been born again, you ARE blessed! That’s it. You will never find anything better. A new car, a new house, and a new job can not compare.
The gospel is such good news. So good. . . . It’s almost ridiculous how GOOD it is!! 😆 Let’s rest in and trust in this awesome God of ours today!
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April 27, 2018 6:31 PM