Abraham's Seed

Truth Concerning Who The Children of Abraham Really Are

by L. Campbell Evans

Probably one of the most sensitive and misunderstood issues in the Church today is that of the Jew and Gentile. Few have understood that when it comes to the kingdom of God, that this is not an issue at all. According to Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female, for all are ONE in Christ Jesus".

Although Paul was sent to the Gentile nations and was a Roman citizen, he was not a Roman by blood. He was an Israelite (Jew), of the tribe of Benjamin, and chief of the Pharisees. But he looked not to his natural bloodline for justification before God, for he knew and understood that the covenant was not with the natural (old) man, but rather it was with the new creation man. Let us remember as we proceed with this text that scripture was inspired of the Holy Ghost as men penned it down. And concerning the issue of the Jew which was of utmost concern in that day, Paul wrote the following:

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Romans 2:28-29

It is important that we understand that Paul was not anti-Semetic for he was a Jew! And it was because he was a Jew and in bondage to his religious concepts and traditions that he persecuted the early church! He was SO SURE that what they were saying was blasphemous and against the CHOSEN OF GOD! But then, one day on the road to Damascus, Paul was gloriously confronted with the truth, and the TRUTH MADE HIM FOREVER FREE! His religious ideology could not hold him up in the presence of the Lord. He was so to speak, knocked off his 'high horse'! There are several important lessons to be learned here and one of them is that 'one who is zealous concerning religious ideals and works, will persecute and try to kill the things of the Spirit! This is still the case even today!

Throughout his writings, Paul continuously confronted religious ideology and the doctrines of men. He confronted the natural bloodline verses those who were of the natural lineage of Abraham and those that were of the SEED of Abraham. Note the following:

Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Galatians 3:15-18

Clearly the Spirit of the Lord said that the promise was made to CHRIST! And if we are Christ's then WE ARE ABRAHAM'S SEED! And because the inheritance was by promise and not by the law, IT COULD NOT BE DISANNULLED!

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Romans 2:28-29

Paul was telling them that a natural bloodline would avail them nothing. That all of their rituals and works which received the praises of men did not have the praises of God. That the whole center of God's heart was not a race of people, but rather it was that of a people who would walk by FAITH. It was a matter of the state of one's heart and their spirit, for His heart was not in the Mosaic Law, rather it was in His Son toward a creation working redemption and reconciliation. The NEW was at hand and was about to replace the OLD. It was the plan that had been laid since before the foundation of the world when the promise was given and it was to a SEED (singular)!

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Heb. 2:16-17

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29

The true children of Abraham are those who are born again which literally means to be born from above! Born of the Spirit of the Living God. And truly Abraham is the father of MANY nations, not just one nation which represents a natural race or class of people.

.For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. Romans 9:6-8

It is only the children of promise that are counted for the SEED. It was in Isaac who was a type of Christ that the seed would be called. Even though Ishmael was the firstborn of Abraham, it was Isaac who was the son of promise. It was through him that the seed would come forth. Ishmael was a type of the Old Adam, Isaac a type of the Last Adam! Adam was of the earth, earthy; but Jesus was of the heavens, heavenly.

For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. Romans 9:9-12

Ishmael, although the firstborn was to be subservient to Isaac. Esau was subject to Jacob (Israel) for it was Jacob that was given the blessing of the firstborn. And so it is, that the law would give way to a higher way called GRACE!

.In the book of Matthew, Jesus told the disciples to learn the parable of the fig tree. We also find two other parables concerning the fig tree in the books of Luke and Mark. It is through these parables that we can understand how God was dealing with the nation of Israel and the Mosaic law.

He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; And He came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of His vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. Luke 13:6-9

First it is interesting to note that Adam covered himself and his wife in the garden with fig leaves. This covering for sin came through the self efforts of man as a work of the flesh and it did not please God. This self covering spoke louder than words that Adam became a god unto himself and thought that he was well able to cover himself! But when God came, Adam hid, FOR HE KNEW HE WAS NAKED! Showing us that our self efforts at goodness will only work for a short time, but when TRUTH COMES, our abilities and efforts become futile. The fig leaves were replaced with an animal skin which came from a sacrifice, perhaps a lamb. Also, the fig tree bespeaks of the Law and the nation of Israel. And so Jesus came to the nation of Israel who had the Mosaic law looking for fruit and couldn't find any. For three years He came seeking and found nothing and agreed to leave it alone for the rest of the year. In the book of Mark however, He cursed the fig tree and then entered into the temple and cleansed it!

And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it. And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. And when even was come, he went out of the city. And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. Mark 11:11-22

When Peter saw that the fig tree had been cursed and died, he brought it to the attention of the Master. It was at this time that He revealed how they were to live. Truly the words must have rang throughout all of creation, "HAVE FAITH IN GOD"! Don't look at your nation, your creeds, your doctrines, self efforts or works, but HAVE FAITH IN GOD! In essence He was telling Peter to walk away from the law, leave the dead works behind which cannot produce fruit, enter into grace and just believe God! Why? Because the nation of Israel could not through her laws and rituals bear fruit unto God. The traditions of men could never make the Word of God effective. He told them in the book of Matthew the 21st chapter, verse 43: Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. He also told them that the natural kingdom that they were looking for would not come to them in the way they supposed.

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Luke 17:20

Sad to their hearts was the realization that the kingdom of God would not be revealed through a natural nation or bloodline, but that the NATURAL EYE would not even be able to see it. The kingdom of God could only be discerned through the SPIRIT!

And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 8:11-12

Before we go further, let us go back and look at Abraham, the father of faith. When God first called Abraham, his name was Abram. Abram was a heathen and he didn't even know God and yet the word of the Lord came to him.

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country (the world, earthy), and from thy kindred (carnal works and ways), and from thy father's house (the old man of the Adam nature), unto a land (a new kingdom, heavenly) that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:1-3

This covenant would be instituted by Abram's heart to believe and his obedience to the instructions of God. It is interesting to note here that Abram/Abraham didn't do everything to the LETTER however. He was told to leave his father's house and his kindered, yet he took Lot with him! He was told that Sarah would bear him the son of promise, yet he produced a son through Hagar! But even though he missed God a few times, he still received the promise by FAITH! This is a real encouragement, because it testifies to the fact that although this man did not follow instruction to the letter, HE BELIEVED GOD and God looked upon his heart and honored His promise to Him. It also speaks that when God makes a promise, it is a SURE THING!

And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Romans 4:12-14

In closing, let's take a closer look at Romans 4 and Galatians 3 & 4.

Romans Chapter 4 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness . Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

In the 3rd Chapter of Galatians, Paul writes a strong rebuke and a reminder to the Church at Galatia that the law will profit them nothing. In the 2 nd Chapter, we find the circumcision and other Judaic principles coming back into the church. There were those that wanted to keep the people under the Mosaic law and they crept in to 'spy out' the liberty which the children of God had. Paul said that he WITHSTOOD PETER TO HIS FACE, because Peter knew the truth! Many today are the same way. They want to keep just enough of their old ways to make sure they MAKE IT! In their hearts they are saying, we believe all of this stuff, but just in case we are missing something, we are also going to practice the law and that way we can be sure that God is pleased with us!

Galatians Chapter 3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 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: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 4:1-6 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.