The Blessing in Christ

It is one thing to receive a blessing; it is quite another to receive “the” blessing. The blessing which is ours in Christ takes us back to the time when God made His promises to Abraham. The Lord said to Abraham, who at that time was known as Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:1–3).

The promised blessing through Abraham’s seed is Christ. Paul says, “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as referring to many, but rather to one, ‘And to your seed,’ that is Christ” (Gal. 3:16). In Christ, we are the spiritual descendants of Abraham and heirs according to promise (Gal. 3:29). This is the blessing God promised long ago.

The apostle Paul describes the promised blessing to Abraham under the heading of faith in Galatians 3:25 where he says, “But now…faith has come” (Gal. 3:25). The original text carries an article indicating that the apostle is referring to the system of faith as opposed to the law. He says that we are (1) no longer “kept in custody under the law…” (Gal. 3:23); that we are (2) “justified by faith” (Gal. 3:24); that we are “no longer under a tutor” (Gal. 3:25); and that we are “all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26). Then, by way of explanation, he adds, “For all of [us] who have been baptized into Christ have clothed [ourselves] with Christ” (Gal. 3:27). These are some practical implications that pertain to the coming of the faith and how we may take hold of the blessing promised centuries ago to Abraham through Christ.

The blessing of Christ enriches our whole outlook on life because we know that in Christ we are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” (Eph. 1:3). In Christ, we are of all people, most blessed! When our focus is on Christ, our outlook is bright because He is the source of every spiritual blessing. “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:1–4). May God bless each of us with the blessing which comes only through knowing Jesus, the promised Messiah (Jn. 14:6).