100 Reasons why the Bible does not use the word Trinity: Reason 24 of 100 [Searching for Jesus in Genesis – Part 2: The Promised Offspring of Abraham / How ‘Abraham rejoiced to see my day’ / No Trinity in Genesis]

Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16 ESV)

Let us first explore the context of the above passage: FAITH.

Also Paul is contrasting new life in Christ v/s the one under the Law. Paul is teaching that the principles of salvation are based on faith that existed before the law. He specifically speaks of Abraham the man of faith of how he predated the law:

just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? (Galatians 3:6 ESV)

Further, he explains that we need to become a child of Abraham to obtain salvation. The message of Salvation was promised to Abraham and his children only on the basis of faith. This is not an exclusive teaching but an inclusive one as it not through physical descent but by faith:

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.” (Galatians 3:7-8 ESV)

So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (Galatians 3:9 ESV)

So the message of salvation was with Abraham and has come to us via Jesus whom we have come to believe. The Gospel preached to Abraham was fulfilled by Jesus when the reality of the promised offspring was realized:

Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16 ESV)

Salvation is then through Abraham via Christ:

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:27-29 ESV)

Let us now turn our attention to the records in Genesis and survey the promises to Abraham:

PROMISES ACCOUNT 1:

Now the YHWH said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3 ESV)

1. I will bless you

2. make your name great

3. I will make of you a great nation

4. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse

5. In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed

From a Spiritual perspective the most important promise is:

“in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Why through Abraham?

Because of his belief or faith!

The basis of God’s choice is obedience and faith.

This is the record of his faith:

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10 ESV)

Abraham holds the promise of the Kingdom of God:

‘For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.’

Abraham had to trust God that God’s word is TRUE even if he died!

PROMISES ACCOUNT 2:

The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” (Genesis 13:14-17 ESV)

6. for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever

7. your offspring as the dust of the earth

Promise of land. Now Abraham himself never received this land that he was told about: “for all the land that you see I will give to you” / “walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you”

This is explained by Stephen:

Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child. (Acts 7:5 ESV)

And explained in Hebrews as well:

By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:9-10 ESV)

The land is the “Kingdom of God” with which comes both inheritance and eternal life.

PROMISES ACCOUNT 3:

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6 ESV)

8. I am your shield

9. your reward shall be very great

10. your very own son shall be your heir

11. Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them

Abraham’s reward was to be in the next life not in his present life. These promises that he carried was finally fulfilled in Christ – the Seed of promise so the doors of the Kingdom of God can be opened.

PROMISES ACCOUNT 4:

Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. (Genesis 15:13-15 ESV)

12. Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there

13. afterward they shall come out with great possessions

14. As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age

The promises would indeed not be fulfilled in his lifetime nor in the life time of his son or grandson! The promises to his physical descendants would be fulfilled 400 years later, but Abraham himself was DENIED the promise?

Here in lies the promise of resurrection. Abraham had to reason that though he died and “buried in a good old age” he would have to come back to life to receive the promises of God i.e. the inheritance of the land and also witness his innumerable offspring.

This will indeed happen at the resurrection i.e. at the return of Christ.

Compare this to the scene in Revelation:

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; (Revelation 7:9 KJV)

And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Genesis 17:8 KJV)

PROMISES ACCOUNT 5:

On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.” (Genesis 15:18-21 ESV)

Compare this to the promise in Revelation – Kingdom of God will be set up on earth:

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (Revelation 3:12 KJV)

 

PROMISES ACCOUNT 6:

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. (Genesis 17:1-5 KJV)

 

 

15. thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee

 

i.e. SALVATION of the whole world (not just the nation of Israel but MANY nations) will depend on the model of life and faith Abraham showed:

  • walk before me, and be thou perfect
  • And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

 

The promises of the message of HOPE was to Israel and all nations even before the law was given. So Paul is confident to say that the law was an intermediate state before Christ would be born – promised Offspring and make salvation possible again by the principles of faith.

 

 

PROMISES ACCOUNT 7:

And said, By myself have I sworn, saith YHWH, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. (Genesis 22:16-18 KJV)

 

16. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed

17. and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies

 

The promises are now specifically spoken of Issac but in the context of Christ the son that will come through Abraham who will fulfil the above promises:

 

Compare the above to the following promises of the Messiah regarding the enemies:

I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. (Psalms 2:7-9 KJV)

 

A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. (Psalms 110:1 KJV)

 

I.e. the enemies are still not subject. They will be at the great judgment which is yet to take place!

 

Again “all the nations” – i.e. Jews and gentiles!

 

 

Where is the TRINITY in Genesis? Where is Jesus in Genesis?

In Genesis Jesus is revealed as the future offspring of Abraham who would fulfil the promises of Abraham. Abraham was told that he would go to his grave WITHOUT receiving the promises. Yet we are told he believed that God would indeed give him the 17 promises we have seen. How was this possible? Through faith and through his offspring Jesus and therefore the saying:

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. (John 8:56 KJV)

These all died in faith, NOT having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV)

Why the delay: God’s perspective:

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:39-40 KJV)

At the very beginning the promise of the seed to DEFEAT sin was thus spoken of:

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15 KJV)

Jesus makes no physical appearance in the book of Genesis! But he does make his appearance as the promised SEED. Was Jesus real before his birth? From the account of Genesis Jesus is still an idea/concept –more specifically THE PROMISE that would be realised many thousands of years later.

 

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