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Abraham's "Blessings" Are Mine September 21, 2009

Posted by Henry in False Doctrines.
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It is very interesting to see the various subtle ways in which deception comes into the church, even in the most seemingly innocent of things that are taken for granted. Take this “worship” chorus for example which goes like this:

Abraham’s blessings are mine

Abraham’s blessings are mine

I am bless in the morning,

I am blessed in the evening

Abraham’s blessings are mine.

This is a chorus that is somewhat popular in some Pentecostal church circles and is conveniently sung at offering time. In fact the catchphrase, “offering time, blessing time” is normally echoed about this time as well just before the collection plate is passed around. This chorus is normally used therefore to reinforce the belief that one will receive blessings after they have given their offering. But what does it really mean to say that Abraham’s “blessings” are ours? We know from scriptures that Abraham had become rich and increased in much goods (Gen 13:2) as a result of God blessing him but can we as New Testament believers claim these things for ourselves and what is the scriptural basis for this?

Indeed scripture tells us that the Lord promised to make Abraham the father of many nations and that the future generations would also be blessed. In fact scripture, Gen 12:3, stated that all nations of the earth will be blessed through Abraham. But I think we ought to be cautious in interpreting these things. Under the Old Covenant Abraham and his forebears, namely Israel was blessed materially especially when they entered into the Promised Land. There was much emphasis then on material blessings but this is clearly not the case under the New Covenant. Under the New the emphasis is more on spiritual blessings. For example Jesus said in Matt 6:

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Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

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But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Jesus also said later on in the passage in verse 33 that we should, “… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Jesus made it very clear here that our focus should be primarily on the things of God (the Kingdom of God) and less on the things of this world. Is it the correct approach to conclude then that when God promises to bless all nations through Abraham that the blessing being referred to here is material in nature? If we should apply proper exegesis of scripture however we will find out that scripturally the chorus aforementioned is flawed, to say the least. The chorus emphasizes “blessings of Abraham” but in looking at Galatians 3 we soon find out that what this blessing (and not blessings) of Abraham is:

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Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

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That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The blessing of Abraham is thus the promise of the Spirit by faith in Jesus Christ, which was to come to the Gentiles. On reading further in the passage it tells us that this fulfills the prophecy God gave to Abraham back in Gen 12:3, that in him all nations of the earth shall be blessed. The passage of Gal 3 goes on to say this:

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And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise

We can hopefully conclude then that as Christians we can indeed claim Abraham’s blessing but not his “blessings” since scripture gave us no such assurances. We are heirs to Abraham according to the promise, and as heirs we can receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. It should be evident then that the chorus is just another form of deception designed to deceive the hearts of the simple. Knowing this then can we still confidently sing this chorus believing we are inheritors of Abraham’s material blessings?

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1. glasseyedave - February 27, 2010

What people seem to forget is we are partakers of the covenant that God made with Abraham. This was not for land as many believe, nor for riches that the desperately greedy want to believe. The covenant that God made with Abraham is, I will be your God and you will be my people.

2. Eliseo Fabela - May 23, 2012

Indeed the Bible speaks about a spiritual blessing for the Gentiles but God also wants His children to prosper and also be healthy. The Lord is looking for a Virtuous Wife who gives and doesnt expect anything in return, but He also wants His children to rely and trust in Him Psalm 37:4. I once had nothing; living off welfare having no job or a place to call home but when I met the Lord I inheritted Abraham’s blessing receiving first the spiritual and later the financial blessing. Amen Now I am married with 2 kids and an apartment but amen the Lord has more to do with me and I have more to accomplish here in this age.

3. Henry - May 23, 2012

Eliseo Fabela,
Please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that God doesn’t bless His children. What I am however pointing out is the misconception concerning the use of the term “Abraham’s blessings”. Scripture does not give us any assurances that we are to inherit Abraham’s material blessings – however if we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first, all things (the things we need to live) shall be added to us. We are not promised Abraham’s material wealth and that is the point I was trying to make clear because such ideas fuel covetousness.

4. Dr. Petricia - June 28, 2013

YES I AM BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING…..!! THANK YOU JESUS FOR BEARING ALL MY CURSES ON THE CROSS AND MADE ME TO INHERENT ABRAHAM’S BLESSINGS!!

5. rose - August 24, 2013

yes, god is good and shows us favors and i know when you come back to jesus god promise to bless us and if you apply god;s word to your life which is the seed. you must have faith to serve god.

6. Ntambira - March 24, 2014

Then how do you explain this: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (King James Bible – 2 Cor 8:9)

7. Henry - March 24, 2014

Ntambira,
I think you misunderstand what that scripture means. Indeed Jesus came to make us rich but this is not earthly riches – this is heavenly riches. To see an example look at the Laodecian church that was rich materially but Jesus called them poor because their hearts were far from Him (Rev 3:18-19). The riches Jesus is talking about is the richness of His grace that sanctifies us before God. Consequently He called the church of Smyrna rich though they were poor materially (Rev 2:9).

8. chris - August 3, 2014

there is so much argument of how to interpret scripture we need to be in unity. as you can see riches are not bad its how we use them, jesus did deliver us from what adam did in the garden through his disobedience. god restored us by sending jesus to restore us whole and if it doesn’t mean for provision in this world then you would be implying that healing isn’t for us neither. in my personal life I have seen people healed in the name of jesus instantly and recovering all is scriptural in the bible. so if healing is available then financial blessings are also available through jesus who became all the curse for us, it isn’t just some grace, some healing halfway of anything its everything. we strive and want to succeed be financially sound healed healthy free from worry blessed and happy. as a father I want my kids to be happy and provided for and so does our father in heaven. we trust in god who richly gives all things to enjoy. I’m sorry for people who don’t know god or his will for us they just intrepid a lie to gods goodness and provision. we are to be blessed so we can be a blessing goodness all the way around. so enjoy and get to know the fathers heart. not what peoples opinions. truth will set you free from everything. we have the blessings of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, gods grace is all about him god loves you and wants you well and blessed financially. delivered from addictions when your soul prospers then you prosper in everything materially and spiritually. beloved I pray for u to prosper and be in good health healed delivered from lies addictions so get to know your father and you soul will prosper also all of Gods your Fathers goodness amen hallelujah praise god the father and our brother jesus Christ we are one in him. Jesus I in you, You in me and we are in the father there is no sickness or porverty in Jesus because of what he has done and as he is so are we in the world we are always in jesus by faith. remind yourself that you are always in Jesus. how you believe will determine how successful you are. freedom in jesus. keep seeking the truth my brothers and sisters and god will set you free. don’t listen to negative answers from a man they don’t represent our father. ask the holy spirit to give you truth.

Henry - August 6, 2014

Chris,
Thanks for dropping by. Indeed we need to be in unity but such unity can only come when we apply proper study of scriptures and exercise discernment. We need to look at things in context otherwise we will fall short from the meaning of the text. The issue that is in dispute here is the proper definition of “Abraham’s blessing” and not whether or not God will bless His children.


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