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Mystery of Israel
Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of
MANY NATIONS
have I made thee" (Gen.
17:1-5).
Notice, the promise is now conditional upon
Abraham's obedience and perfect living. Notice, the "great
nation" now becomes many nations-more than one nation.
This cannot refer to the "one seed," Christ. The following
verses prove that.
"And
I will make thee exceeding fruitful,
and I will
make
nations
of thee, and
kings
[more than one] shall come
out of thee" (verse 6). Notice, these nations and kings shall
come out of
Abraham-physical generation-multiple seed,
in addition to the one descendant
through whom
scattered
individuals
may
become Abraham's children by spiritual
begettal through Christ (Gal. 3:29). The scattered,
individual Christians do not form
NATIONS.
The Church, it is
true, is spoken of as "a royal priesthood, an holy nation"
(I
Peter 2:9), but Christ's Church is not divided into "many
nations." This is speaking of race, not grace.
"And I will establish my covenant between me and thee
and thy seed after thee in
their
generations ..."(Gen.
17:7).
The "seed" is plural-"in their generations." "And I will
give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee,
the land
wherein
thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan [Palestine], for
an everlasting possession; and I will be
THEIR
God" (verse
8).
Notice, the land-material possession-is promised to
the plural seed, of whom he is "their," not "his," God. The
plural pronoun "their" is used again in verse 9: "and thy
seed after thee in
their
generations."
But now examine this
PROMISE
carefully!
The future of great nations rests on the promises the
eternal Creator made to Abraham. The only hope of life
after death for anyone-regardless of race, color or
creed-is dependent on the spiritual phase of these
promises to Abraham-the promise of grace through the
"one seed"-Christ the Messiah!
How Much Land- What Size Nations?
These are not casual, incidental, unimportant promises.
These are basic-the foundation for the establishment of
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