What blessings of Abraham do we share in?
Paul makes a very interesting statement in the book of Galatians. He says that the purpose of Christ was to qualify us gentiles to receive what was given to Abraham.
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.
This goes contrary to our church gospel, since we in church seam to assume that we New Testament believers get all the good stuff because of Christ, while those of the Old Testament were stuck with legalism. However Paul, of whom we say we follow his doctrine, teaches something completely different than what we believe.
It isn’t that we as New Testament believers get all the good stuff and those poor saps of the Old Testament get all the inconsequential stuff. We through Christ get to participate in what was a blessing to Abraham. And what was Abraham blessed with?
What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Abraham was blessed with imputed righteousness. His blessing was God crediting him righteousness that he did not deserve. So is his righteousness just like ours or is our righteousness just like his?
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
We now get to share in this undeserved credited righteousness through Christ. What God gave to Abraham and his descendants was also intended for us through His Son. So it isn’t that the Old Testament saints only had available to them a righteousness through the Law. They had it through faith as their circumcision testified too. I talked more of this in yesterdays post “More proof in the pudding”. So it is not that Abraham’s imputed righteousness is like ours. Instead we get to share in Abraham’s blessing of imputed righteousness through Christ.
Now having a righteousness not our own just like our father Abraham and this through Christ, we too get to share in the Holy Spirit, just as Paul said in Galatians.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
So let us rejoice in the true gospel of our salvation and reject the gospel that comes from church pulpits, who teach the Old Testament has become null and void. For the truth of the matter is that what is found in the Old Testament is now shared with us through Christ. And this is not the gospel according to man but The Gospel According to the Gospel.
Please go to “Abraham” to see more on this blessing given to our father Abraham that we now through Christ share in.
 Galatians 3:14
 Romans 4:3
 Romans 4:21-24
 Ephesians 1:13-14