The Seed of Promise

When Adam and Eve were created, they were free moral agents. They possessed a free will to make their own decisions or choices. However, they disobeyed God and brought sin and death to ALL their progeny (Rom. 5:12). If not for a loving, merciful, and all powerful Heavenly Father, mankind would be doomed to forever suffer and die, but, in God’s GREAT and INFINITE wisdom and justice, even before the foundation of the world, he developed a plan to recover his creation from such a terrible condition! We see just how his Divine plan of salvation is to come about with the great promise of a wonderful deliverer, stated in Genesis 3:15. “I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, and between thy seed [offspring] and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Satan was then, and still is today, determined to do all he can to stop this promised seed, but this promised seed will bruise his head, a symbolic description of a vital and fatal blow that will crush Satan and bring an end to his long, dark reign over mankind. Only the heel of the deliverer is bruised, which we know is not a fatal blow.

Later in Genesis, this promised seed was described to Abraham as he tried to fulfill God’s request to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham was stopped by an angel, and God said, “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast  obeyed my voice” (Gen. 22:18). Isaac was a picture of Jesus, the true seed of promise, who sacrificed himself to redeem mankind and provide the way for man’s salvation (John 1:29).

In Galatians 3:16, Paul writes, “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.” Paul adds in verses 27 and 29, “As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ [a perfect pattern to follow], . . . And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” These verses described the seed of promise as our Lord Jesus Christ and those who make a full consecration to do God’s will faithfully unto death and are baptized into Jesus Christ. If faithful, they will become members of his bride, the church, which is pictured as the body of Christ with Jesus as their head. They become part of the promised seed through which in God’s perfect Divine plan, ALL the families of the earth will be blessed (John 3:16, Gal 4:28, Rom 9:8). 

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