Galatians 3:29 – And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Before you go any further, take the time to read our Text for Today a few more times. Make sure you see what it really says before jumping any conclusion Today, I seek to shake up your thinking so you will see this verse with the mind of Christ, and not the mind of religious tradition. Please, do not be offended if I momentarily disturb the way you have seen things in the past. Rather, read what I say in the light of the Word of God, exercising the forethought to use properly defined terms, and then allow the Word to speak to you what it wants you to see, and to break away from viewing your position in Christ from our traditional viewpoint. So, here goes!
I have been a Christian now for more than 62 years, and am coming to the conclusion of 51 years in the five-fold ministry. God has always been, is now, and forever will be faithful, and in all those years, I have constantly learned and grown in my faith and God’s Word. I am so thankful that that growth. One of the things I have noticed from the beginning of those years until now is that most Christians seem to use the Name of Jesus and the title of Christ synonymously, that is, they take them to be the same thing. “BUT, my friend, that is not the accurate way to view them.
JESUS is the earthly name given to that human being who was born as the Word of God made flesh. CHRIST is the word used to describe Jesus as “the Anointed One.” For instance, consider Acts 13:6. There we read, “And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus.” Look closely at the last name written in that verse; “Barjesus.” The letters “Bar” is a Hebrew precedent for the name “Jesus,” and when joined to it mean, “son of Jesus.” In other words, this man was the son of a man named Jesus. The name Jesus would have been known to the Hebrew people as Yeshua, or Joshua. That was not an uncommon name. What held the great difference was the title our Jesus held. He was “the Christ,” “the Anointed One.” With that in mind, look again at our Text for Today. It does NOT say, “if ye be Jesus’s,” but “if ye be Christ’s.” So, we should receive this verse, understanding that, if you belong to “The Anointed One.” It is so easy for us to forget that our Jesus IS the Anointed One, and that our connection to Abraham in Him seals us to the blessing of the Abrahamic covenant. Every blessing God promised Abraham is no longer a promise to us, but is a settled fact. It is ours NOW! Enjoy it! Selah!
Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2