# 13 The Recipients of the Gospel – Part 3

# 13 The Recipients of the Gospel – Part 3

By Pastor Bill

In Galatians 3 Paul quotes Genesis 12, where God promised Abraham that “in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (The context of the passage in Galatians is that Paul was speaking to Gentiles who were being falsely taught to be circumcised and live under the law. Paul was bringing correction to what they had been taught, and was making it clear that salvation is by faith, whether you are a Jew or a Gentile.)Blessed through Abraham

(Galatians 3:6-9)  “Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. {7} Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. {8} The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” {9} So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

God’s intent in Genesis was to let us know that His plan for salvation was for all people, not just the Jews. All families or nations of the earth would be blessed through Abraham. The Messiah would come from the lineage of Abraham, and that is how all nations would be blessed.

Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom to the Jews first. Paul and the  rest of the apostles followed that pattern and also preached to the Jews first. But, they also preached the gospel to the Gentiles. The gospel message was preached to all peoples and nations. No one was excluded from the gospel.

(Romans 1:16)  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

We see the final fulfillment of this promise to Abraham in Revelation 7:9. John saw “a great multitude from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands.” Every nation, tribe and people were included. The gospel had been preached to all people, without regard to ethnicity, color, culture, or language.

Father, we agree with Your word that the gospel message is for all people. It is for the Jew and the Gentile. It is for the poor, the captive, the oppressed, and the blind. It is for all peoples, since You do not desire for any to perish. May we be a church that preaches the gospel to all peoples. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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