THE FATHER'S PROMISE TO "ABRAHAM"
“And in THY SEED shall ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED” (Gen. 22:18).
Out of Israel came CHRIST; out of CHRIST has come the CHURCH; out of the CHURCH shall come the MANCHILD, the manifest sons of God who "ARE DESTINED BY THE SOVEREIGN CALL AND PURPOSE OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD to bring deliverance to the whole creation that it might be fulfilled which was PROMISED to Father Abraham,
“And in thy seed shall ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED” (Gen. 22:18).
ALL NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED! What a prospect! WHAT A OATH AND PROMISE! Not destroyed-- BUT BLESSED! Not turned into hell and destroyed--- BUT BLESSED! Not punished unto eternal damnation and eternal hopelessness-- BUT BLESSED!
From the very beginning God not only designed the nations of men that dwell upon the earth; He also PLANNED and PURPOSED to bless them-- EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM!
Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee! O let THE NATIONS be glad and sing for joy: for Thou shalt judge the people righteously, and GOVERN THE NATIONS upon earth…yea, ALL KINGS shall fall down BEFORE HIM: ALL NATIONS shall SERVE HIM” (Ps. 67:1-4; 72:11).
“Arise, O God, judge the earth: for Thou shalt INHERIT ALL NATIONS. A-L-L N-A-T-I-O-N-S whom Thou HAST MADE shall come and worship BEFORE THEE, O Lord; and shall glorify Thy name. For Thou art great, and doest wondrous things” (Ps. 82:8; 86:9-10).
Many precious “fragments of the Word” reveal God’s ultimate purpose for mankind, as “ALL the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord, and all kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee, for THE KINGDOM IS THE LORD'S and HE is the governor among the nations” (Ps. 22:27-28). For further confirmation of God’s gracious intention toward the nations let us read Psalm 2:8. In this wonderful prophecy the Father is addressing His Son (Head and body), saying, “Ask of me, and I will give unto thee THE NATIONS for thine INHERITANCE, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy POSSESSION.” Surely the will and plan of God is revealed in this most gracious request, and surely this was the purpose for which Jesus came and was sent. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” ….. “The Father sent the Son TO BE THE Saviour of the world” (I Jn. 4:14). 1 Tim 1:15.... This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
A most marvelous prophecy is found in Micah 4:1-3 which points to the very day in which we are now living. “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain (government) of the house of the Lord (the sons of God) shall be established in the top of the mountains (strong kingdoms, super powers), and it shall be exalted above the hills (weaker kingdoms, third world nations); and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain (government) of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us His ways, and we (the nations) will walk in His paths: for the law of the Lord shall go forth of Zion (sons of God), and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (the church). And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” “He shall sprinkle (cleanse, sanctify) many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at Him: for that which had not been told them shall they see, and that which they had not heard they shall consider” (Isa. 52:15). What a word that is!
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people” Zech. 2:10-11).
“At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and ALL NATIONS SHALL BE GATHERED UNTO IT, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart” (Jer. 3:17).
God dealt with men and nations by law and punishment IN THE OLD TESTAMENT under the principle of THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH. That was one way of restraining evil in the world. But under the NEW COVENANT, the new arrangement, THE NEW ORDER OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. God came in Christ RECONCILING THE ENTIRE WORLD unto Himself, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES UNTO THEM. The law came by Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ, who is THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD. Therefore the law was neither "GRACE" NOR was it "TRUTH"! THERE IS NOW A NEW AND LIVING WAY.... THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR.... JESUS OUR KING declares , I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE...….