Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 10, 2019

“‘AND IN YOUR SEED (Christ) ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.’ … God … sent Him (Christ) to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 3:17-26.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+3&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;  and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.  Moses said, ‘THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN;  TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you.  And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’  And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.  It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.’  For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”  Acts 3:19-26.

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There is the command in the first verse (verse 19):  “Therefore repent and return”.

And, there is the promise of blessing that God will cause this repentance and return in the last two verses (verse 25-26):  “…  saying to Abraham, ‘AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.’  For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

So, who receives this promise of blessing that God will cause this repentance and return?

We learn from the following Galatians 3:16 that the “IN YOUR SEED” refers to Christ.  “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.”  Galatians 3:16.

Putting it together, those who are in Christ are blessed.  

Those who are in Christ are God’s elect, and they are in Christ because of God’s “Unconditional Election”.  

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4.

“but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:27-31.

“He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”  Acts 5:31.

Although the elect Jews first received this blessing of repentance and return as in “For you first” in verse 26, the elect Gentiles also received that blessing of repentance and return as shown by the following verse.

“When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”  Acts 11:18.


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