Wednesday, March 6, 2013

THE INHERITANCE OF ABRAHAM'S SEED

After receiving the following statement from a dear brother in Christ (who unfortunately cannot see the truth of the Acts 28 position which claims the Gentiles in Paul's Acts period churches were declared to be Abraham's seed and heirs of the promise made to Abraham, which includes the land, making these Gentiles heirs with Israel to the prophesied kingdom to be set up on the earth at Christ's second coming), I asked Brian Kelson of BibleUnderstanding.com to comment and I reproduce that below for our learning.

Brian:  What continues to amaze me is they refute Acts 28 and use the very passages which condemn their own position.

Scott:  "I believe Bro. Kelson is in error about the Galatians being heirs of Abraham's land promise, but rather heirs of the righteousness promised to the Gentiles through Abraham's seed, which is Christ.  Besides, these Galatians include Gentiles (Gal. 4:7) who could never be heirs of the land, as they are uncircumcised (Gal. 5:1-2, Gen. 17:7-14)."

Brian:  Does brother Scott now want to say circumcision matters when the entire epistle to the Galatians is against the Judaizers who took Scott's same position and demanded the Gentiles of Faith be circumcised? Is Scott saying the believing Gentiles could not inherit that Land because they were uncircumcised. Oh dear, the Lord has a problem because he already said in Matt. 8:11 that many (Gentiles) would come from the east and the west and sit down with Abraham Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom, and why did he say that? Because the Centurion had great faith.

By quoting Gals.5:1-2 Scott leaves out the essential verse 3 which says

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Gal 5:2  Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
Gal 5:3  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

So Scott is suggesting, perhaps without realizing it, the Gentiles could not inherit the Land because they were uncircumcised and had to keep the entire Law, which is contrary to the Acts 15 council.

In Gals.3 the word INHERITANCE is used by Paul and in chapter 4, in which brother Scott dangerously dabbles, the believers are like Isaac and if we remember the story Abraham said to the Lord what is the point of giving me anything since I don't have an heir and the Lord promised a son who would inherit the LAND and all Abraham possessed. In Chapter 4, adoption is to place as the SON or HEIR which follows immediately from 3:28-29 which says the faithful were Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promised inheritance. What were the promises made to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob? Where they righteousness alone? Absolutely not. The promises were about a great nation, a land and all families of the earth blessed through them. All the promises were around the LAND to which Abraham was brought. In that inheritance the righteous shall dwell, circumcised or not by their faith in Christ. Here are the verses brother Scott conveniently forgets;

Made righteous by faith and blessed with Abraham who looked for a city
Gal 3:6  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Gal 3:8  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.
Gal 3:9  So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Paul then develops being blessed with Abraham by identifying the seed Christ thus, but this doesn't change the inheritance;
Gal 3:16  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.
Gal 3:17  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
Gal 3:18  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Christ is the seed who inherits all the land but especially the inner portion, which was given to Abraham by promise. Christ raised to sit on David's throne, where? in the Land which belongs to Him as the rightful Son of God, David and Abraham, Matt. 1:1, Romans 1.

Now Paul brings the matter to its logical conclusion, those of faith are Abraham's children (sons), 3:7 because they are in Christ the true seed therefore;
Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  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.
Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Gals 4 tells us those who were under the Law, either by covenant or by the all guilty verdict of the Law, were now released from it to receive the adoption. Adoption is to place the heir. The entire theme from Gals/3 is about the heirs who have been made righteous and the inherit the Land given by promise.
Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Gal 4:28  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

Abraham their father, the New Jerusalem their mother, and they like Isaac, children of promise. And Scott thinks this is the church which is His Body?

Where is the phrase, heirs of righteousness? Bro. Scott uses it, but I couldn't find it. But even so, the inheritance is the promise given to Abraham.
 

2 comments:

Hoss Cartwright said...

Hmm. I too discussed Galatians 3 with Mr. Kelson. I wouldn't use Galatians 3-4 for a proof text if I were y'all. Just say'n. The context of Galatians 3 seems to clearly be the blessing of imputed righteousness by faith.
--bro. Eli "Hoss" Caldwell

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Deborah Collins said...

Hi, Eli,

Righteousness by faith is an important part of the promise God made to Abraham, but surely you understand that it is not the total sum of the promise? The inheritance promised Abraham clearly involved a land and heirs to live in that land:

"And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." (Gen. 17:8).

Galatians 3:18 refers to this inheritance: "For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise; but that God gave it to Abraham by promise."

Abraham accepted the promise by faith and so righteousness was imputed to him on that basis, but the promise involves more than just righteousness by faith or even the giving of the Spirit.

Deborah