12th November 2016

The Seed of Abraham

“For the Church is his body, and in that body lives fully the One who fills the whole wide universe.”
Ephesians 1:23 (Phillips)
 

Again last year we went through the process of remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war to ensure our survival as a nation. It’s good to remember; in fact it seems to be one of God’s favourite words, and he uses it often. He constantly reminds us to be aware of our roots and also our future. About just who He really is and how much he cares for us; he wants us to know who we are and that we have no need to feel insecure, ineffective or powerless; because we have all the power of the universe abiding in us as the body of Christ; see scripture above. This amazing gift of power doesn’t just abide in us but flows from within us as rivers of living water to nurture others (John 7:37).

But of course as humans we do forget all too often! The TV programme “Who do you think you are?” allows those taking part to become acquainted with their forebears, to get to know them and their lifestyles, and most importantly, sometimes to even see photographs of them! I have photos of my wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother but these photos reveal to my son, his mother, grandmother, his great grandmother and his great, great grandmother! And of course for his son, he can gaze upon his grandmother, great grandmother, his great, great, grandmother, and his great, great, great grandmother! This reminds me of a section of scripture that I had ‘forgotten’ for a long time—Isaiah 51:1-2: “Listen to me, all who follow the right and seek the Lord; look to the rock from which you were hewn, to the quarry from which you were dug; look to your father Abraham and to Sarah who gave you birth; when I called him he was but one, I blessed him and made him many” (New English Bible).

To take this a step further, Paul informs us in Galatians 3:27- 29 (Phillips) “All of you who were baptised ‘into’ Christ have put on the family likeness of Christ. Gone is the distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free man, male and female—you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, you are true descendants of Abraham, you are true heirs of his promise.” If we back up a bit here and read verses 6-8, we are told, “You can go right back to Abraham to see the principle of faith in God. He, we are told, “believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” You may be certain, then, that all those who “believe God” are the real sons of Abraham.” I guess this is Paul looking back to father Abraham; to the rock from which we were hewn, and learning a very special lesson of belief and faith from him!

Prayer
Father, thank you for father Abraham and his special example for us.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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