The word blessed is a word we throw around very often as Christians to people we meet, and when we used the word, we have no idea at times, what we are saying. A closer look at the word has revealed it is not word we say, but a word we do. There has never been a time in the life of Jesus where he has ever used a word and not perform them, God we are told send Christ to be a blessing to the world a promise he made to Abraham. Gen 12:1-3)
When God made the promise to Abraham that, he would give birth to a son, declaring that his son would become a blessing to the nations. A very close look will reveal God has indeed blessed us. The word bless, was not used without action and as Christians; we need to follow these examples.
Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shall be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that cursed thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Abraham received the promise God made with him, he set out for the land of Canaan and upon his arrival, he saw the blessing and promise of God, and today indeed God has given into the hand of his descendants the promise made to Abraham. God through Jesus Christ fulfilled the second part of that blessing. It was through Jesus Christ the world has received the second part of Abraham’s blessing.
Christ being the descendant of Abraham has brought a great blessing to the families of the world, salvation and rest from the fear of death. Jesus told the world, ” I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6)
God the Father said he would make Abraham the father of many nations, and that he did when he brought Jesus into the world. Through Jesus Christ, we have become the children of Abraham, to the fulfillment of God’s promise, to show that God is a worthy keeper of his word. No man; therefore, apart from Christ can enter into the family of Abraham. He must first come to Christ, who will adapt him into the family, because of God’s approval.
However, does it stop there, No! It does not, for through the faithfulness of God, we have seen that the words bless, means to be supported and that it is to inherit something promised. Therefore, through the view of scripture, we as Christians are to read that we might understand the promises of God, which are his blessings to us. Why did Israel fail at entering the promise land? it was simply because they had put aside the promise of God to take possession of the land.
The moment God pronounce a blessing on us, we instantly become inheritors of that promise and is given the authorization to enter into that promise. We have plenty my brothers and sisters; therefore, let us take possession of those promises as our father Abraham did.
Example: of God’s fulfilled promise, and blessing to his people:
Isaiah 9:1-2 “Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”
The fulfilled blessing
Matthew 4:13-17 “And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”