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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
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from thy father's house, unto a land that
I
will shew thee: and
I
will make of thee
AGREAT NATION.... and in thee shall all
families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:1-3).
Notice the twofold promise: 1) "I will make of thee A
GREAT NATION"-the national, material promise that his
flesh-born children should become a great nation-a promise
of RACE; 2) "... and in thee shall all families of the earth be
blessed"-the spiritual promise of GRACE. This same promise
is repeated in Genesis 22:18: "And in
thy seed
shall all the
nations of the earth be blessed." This particular "one seed"
refers to Clu:ist, as plainly affirmed in Galatians 3:8, 16.
Right here is where those who profess to be
"Christians"-and their teachers-have fallen into error
and scriptural blindness. They have failed to notice the
twofold promise God made to Abraham. They recognize the
messianic promise of spiritual salvation through the "one
seed"-Christ. They sing the hymn
Standing on the
Promises-falsely supposing the
promises
to be going to
heaven at death.
This is a pivotal point. This is the point where
professing "Christians" and their teachers jump the track of
truth. This is the point where they switch off the track that
would lead them to the missing master key to the
prophecies. They miss the fact that God gave Abraham
promises of physical RACE as well as spiritual GRACE.
But the plain fact that the "great nation" promise
refers alone to race-not the "one seed" of Galatians 3:16,
who was Jesus Christ the son of Abraham and the Son of
God, but to the plural, multiple seed of natural fleshly
birth-is made certain by God's repetition of his promise in
greater detail later.
Israel to Become Many Nations
Notice carefully! Understand these promises!
"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.
...
thou shalt be a father of
MANY NATIONS. Neither shall thy name any more be called