Who is Abraham’s Seed? Gen 12:1-3


Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Gen 12:1-3)

The Call of Abraham

The first few verses of Genesis 12 contain the call of Abraham (then Abram) to leave his family and journey to a distant land, where Abraham would become the father of a great nation. God’s blessing would be upon Abraham, and through Abraham all the nations of the Earth would be blessed. This was the beginning of hundreds of years of wilderness wandering for Abraham’s chosen seed (though his sons Isaac and Jacob, Ishmael and Esau being excluded) – through nomadic roaming, slavery in Egypt, wilderness wandering, and then finally to the conquest and settling in Canaan land.

Get thee out of thy country… Abraham was called from his life of idolatry to follow Jehovah, the one true God. God commanded Abraham to sever ties with his worldly family in order to begin a new family line of faith (the elect seed) – a new nation that would bring forth the Saviour of mankind. Here, Abraham is called upon to separate from his idolatrous family in order to separate to this new work of Jehovah – a chosen people, in a chosen land.

…unto a land that I will show thee… The land Abraham was called unto was Caanan, but here Abraham was called to ‘go’, not knowing where the destination was going to be – he was not yet informed of the destination, but only the way.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Heb 11:8-10)

Abrahamic Covenant

I will make of thee a great nation… 1) In a carnal and typical sense fulfilled in the people of the ancient nation of Israel, especially under kings David and Solomon; 2) and then more perfectly in all his Spiritual children (Gal 3:14-29) – the Holy Nation (1 Pet 2:9) comprised of all those who are joint citizens with the Israelites and fellow heirs with Christ (Eph 2:11-19).

Now therefore ye [Gentiles] are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people [Gentiles], but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:8-10)

I will bless thee, and make thy name great… Abraham wandered his whole life and had no share in the land of Canaan (Acts 7:5), but yet the promise he sought was found in Christ. For he saw Christ afar off (Heb 11:13) and was blessed by being justified by faith (Romans 4).

Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. …Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. (Rom 4:3,7-8)

Can anyone doubt the greatness of Father Abraham? He is the father of all the Hebrews and the father of all the faithful.

I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee… This is covenant language. God, as the Great King, places his special mark of protection/blessing on his vassal servant – “your friend is my friend and your enemy is my enemy.”

…in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. This promise is repeated in Genesis 22:18; and in Acts 3:25 Peter ties this directly to Christ. So, this promise contains, in seed form, the essence of the gospel; and this blessing comes upon any and all that come to Christ for salvation.

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,)… (Rom 4:16-17)

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One thought on “Who is Abraham’s Seed? Gen 12:1-3

  1. The true story of Abraham’s seed is the cancellation of all christian religions.

    While Paul writes that those who are Christ’s are Abraham’s seed, he further points out in Galatians 4:28 that “We brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise”.

    We know this much about Isaac: he was foreknown, predestined, and then called for the purpose he served. This, in fact, is what Paul writes about all the true children of God in Romans 8:29-30.

    If we tie this in with Romans 8:7 which tells us that the carnal, or natural mind, is enmity against God and cannot be subject to God, you would have to demonstrate some process of choice by which we can show we are actually Abraham’s seed.

    The onlt thing offered is faith, but since God has already freknown and predestined those children from the beginning (Eph 1:4), any choice by which we might offer proof is moot.

    In fact, Paul tells us exactly that, in Romans 9:16-22.

    If that is true, how can we have free will? The answer is very simple: we are free from all the enslaving doctrines which any religion would attempt to impose on us!

    You will notice this very theme attributed to Jesus in Matthew 24, when he warned that we should “take heed that no man deceive you”.

    If the natural mind is enmity against God, and if God already knows his children in advance, then there is one, and ONLY one, correct choice to make:

    Follow no man, and no religion, which is precisely what Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:23! “The if any man says to you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, believe it not”.

    We are free from all corporate bodies that claim to represent God!

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