Children of the Promise


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Through our faith in Jesus, we have become adopted as children of God and we have received a new identity in Christ. Through faith in Jesus, we have also become children of Abraham, Jacob, and David.

The Scripture testifies we have inherited all of the promises of the Bible. The Apostle Paul observes this inheritance and writes of it in his letters to the Romans, the Galatians and to the Ephesians.

In Romans, he writes that through faith, we are children of God and children of the promise; we are counted as children of Israel. Through Christ, we are children of Abraham, Jacob, and David. Their Scripture is also are our Scripture.

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”  This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring..”  -Romans 9: 6-8 (ESV)

Further, Paul describes in Ephesians, how Jew and Gentile reside under a single roof as  family of God, through the grace of Christ and built through the foundation of apostles and prophets.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by  the Spirit. – Ephesians 19 – 22 (ESV)

In Galatians 3:29, Paul writes “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” In this letter to the Galations, he also eferences back to Book of Genesis, Chapter 12:

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’  So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”  – Galatians 3: 7-9 (ESV)

And in his letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. ” – 2 Corinthians 20 (ESV)

Through this larger perspective, we can understand how we hold direct inheritance to the Living Word of the 66 Books of the Bible. Through Christ, every chapter and verse of scripture is available for prayer, for insights and for revealed wisdom. For this very reason, I encourage you to approach Scripture with a deep sense of holiness, with reverence and prayer, because this inheritance was paid for by the blood of Christ.


Faith-based writer and visual artist who seeks to uplift, inspire, and educate others.

2 responses on “Children of the Promise

  1. Christianity, being a child of the Lord, is not the same as being a child of our earthly parents. On earth we are automatically our parent’s blood when we are born. We have to accept the blood sacrifice Jesus made for us in order to be allowed into Heaven. He loves us so much He allows us to choose or not to choose Him.

    • Thank you for your comment. Yes, truly, in Christ we are made anew. Pastor Jeff Durbin of Apologia Radio refers to it as being either you are “in Adam” or you are “in Christ”. Even our choosing, and our faith, is present only because the grace and blessing of the Lord. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. ” – Ephesian 2:8-9 (NASB)

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