Heir of the Promise
“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 works 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,” Romans 4:13-16.
In order to establish a solid foundation for our faith, it seems to be necessary to search through the shadows of the law. The law is spoken of as being a shadow of that which was to come, but it was not the very image. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect,” Hebrews 10:1.
In another place, we are told that the law is a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith,” Galatians 3:24.
The law has not the strength to disannul the promise that Yahweh gave Abraham by faith four hundred and thirty years before the law was given. “And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of Yahweh in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect,” Galatians 3:17.
It is very important to know what the promise was and what it meant to those who received it. We often hear people speak of the promise, yet, what the meaning of the promise actually was is very seldom understood or explained by the speaker.
A Seed is Promised!
The promise was given in Genesis 22:17 and was three-fold. Speaking to Abraham concerning his seed, Yahweh said, “That in blessing I will bless thee (Abraham), and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed (the seed was to be multiplied, not Abraham) and thy seed (single) shall possess the gates of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed….”
Sin had introduced death into the human race. The early fathers looked for the seed of Life to restore to the human family that which was lost through Adam’s transgression. Eve, the mother of all living, had the promise that the redeeming seed would come through the woman. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it (her seed – Christ) shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his (the seed’s) heel,” Genesis 3:15.
Abraham accepted the promise of his seed to be the fulfillment of the long awaited Restorer of Life. “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,” Romans 4:13. “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Yasha Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith, Galatians 3:14. This promise received its consummation in Christ. “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one, and to your seed, which is Christ,” Galatians 3:16. And as many as are baptized into Christ have become a part of that many membered Seed of promise—the Restorer and Blesser.
Galatians 3:27-29 tells us, “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 Yasha. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
The Seed Is Multiplied
Every believer who suffers with Christ (mortifies the deeds of the body), and is submerged into his death, becomes part of him, the Seed, which is the promise; therefore, he becomes one with him who opened the gates of his enemy, and through which all nations are to be blessed.
This Seed (the many-membered body) was to be blessed to become a blesser of all nations. The gates of his enemy were not to prevail against him. This was not speaking of a little flock, because Yasha said the gates of hell could not prevail against his Church.
The Seed was Christ, the Spirit of Life and Anointing. Christ came as the head of the seed-son. His Body must now, also, receive the same anointing and be manifest; until it does, we must wait for that seed to be manifest which is blessed to bless.
Every time another member is joined unto the Body it is that much nearer completion. The whole creation was groaning in death before Christ came; nineteen hundred years later it is still groaning and waiting to be delivered. The world could not see Yahweh in Christ, but as his Body is quickened and made manifest, the world will see and believe.