... continued from previous blog.
God promised Abraham that all nations would be blessed through his offspring (seed).
In his letter to the Galatians Paul states very clearly that the offspring, through whom the blessing comes, is Christ.
Through faith in Christ those who believe in him, from all nations, are counted righteous, just like Abraham.
Being redeemed by Christ, we are able to receive the promised Holy Spirit.
What commenced on the day of Pentecost (as described in Acts 2), following the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, will continue until Jesus returns. The Holy Spirit is given to us as a guarantee of the glorious completion which is yet to come.
The commission that Christ has given to his church is to proclaim the gospel everywhere so that the opportunity is given to everyone to repent, believe and receive the fullness of the Spirit. Ever moving forward to the consummation of God's eternal plan in Christ.
FOR FURTHER READING:
Galatians 3 (in particular verses 8, 14 & 16)