Thursday, January 19, 2006
God to You
7And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you- Genesis 17:7
In Genesis 17:7, God made a covenant with Abraham that was so amazing and wonderful, that is He promised "to be God" to Abraham So the God, who created the world (Genesis 1), promised Abraham, that he would have an intimate and covenantal relationship with the almighty and authoritative God.
But God doesn't just make an everlasting covenant with Abraham, but he also promised "to be God" to Abraham's offspring. So then the question is who is his offspring? Apostle Paul helps answer this question in Galatians 3:16, 26-29.
16Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "And to offsprings," referring to many, but referring to one, "And to your offspring," who is Christ- Gal. 3:16
26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.- Gal. 3:26-29
I take these verses to mean that God made the everlasting promise of "God to you" not to all of Israel (or the world) but first to Abraham and Jesus Christ (v.16), and then to those connected to Christ by faith, i.e. Christians (v.26-29).
The implications of these verses are huge for a Christian. First, we should be overwhelmed with the fact that the God, who created and controls the universe, promises Christians (Kevin, Silly, Tracy, Jenny, Neil, Jason, Maria, Tree, Anna, Justin, IJ and Wilson) now and forever (everlasting covenant) that He will be "God to you". Secondly, we should "boast only in the cross of Christ" because it's only because of our connection with Christ, who died for our sins and imputes his righteousness(Gal. 3:13, Romans 3 and 4), that the promise is made truth for us. Thirdly, we now know that we have a wonderful message to the world, that is the world can now have a covenantal relationship with God through faith in Christ.