Monday, August 23, 2010

daily text 8/23

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
"If you belong to Christ, you are really Abraham's seed, heirs with reference to a promise" (Galatians 3:29)

How is it that Christ is the promised Seed, and yet others too are included? Millions claim to have descended from Abraham, some even acting as prophets. Some religions place great importance on the claim that their prophets descended from Abraham. But are all of these the promised Seed? No. As the apostle Paul points out under inspiration, not all of Abraham's descendents can claim to be the promised Seed. The offspring of Abraham's other sons were not used to bless humankind. The seed of blessing was to be through Isaac alone. (Hebrews 11:18) Ultimately, only one man, Jesus Christ, whose genealogy from Abraham is documented in the Bible, is the primary part of that foretold seed. All others who later became the secondary part of Abraham's seed are such because they "belong to Christ." Jesus' role in fulfilling this prophecy is truly unique.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 3:19, 20)

Extra reference material I posted awhile back regarding members of "the promised Seed":
New Jerusalem vs Jerusalem Above