We ended our last post with this…
As I was saying, the first covenant was between God and the lineage of Abraham, but the second covenant was made to be between God and the lineage of the Messiah.
Who is the lineage of Abraham encompassing, and who is the lineage of Messiah encompassing?
Let’s first discuss the lineage of Abraham.
Well, because of Abraham’s personal connection with God, he was blessed to have a son when he was quite up there in age. This son’s name was Isaac, and this son also had a connection with God by way of the connection to God that his father Abraham had. This connection with God was passed down to Isaac’s son Jacob, whom God chose to be the cornerstone of this covenant he would establish with Abraham’s lineage.
Jacob The Cornerstone (read Genesis 32:9-28)
Jacob had an encounter with God, and after this encounter he was blessed and renamed by God to the name Israel. This name change symbolized the beginning stages of a covenavnt that God would establish with the lineage of Abraham. This covenant would be for the blessing of the lineage of Abraham, and for the preservation of that lineage so that through the preservation of that lineage, God could bring into the earth His Messiah. Thus, because of the name change from Jacob to Israel, we are dealing with the lineage of Israel when it comes to the first covenant. Most frequently that lineage is referred to as the children of Israel, or the Jews. So, the first covenant is between God and the Jews.
This then introduces us to the subject of Messiah and his lineage. Who exactly does the description “lineage of the Messiah” encompass? Well, we will let scripture answer that question for us.
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:14-17 (KJV)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 1 John 5:1 (KJV)
Let’s make sure that we point out here, that Jesus is (the Christ), and (the Christ) is Messiah.
Therefore, the lineage of Messiah is referring to those who are born of God through the belief that Jesus is the Christ, and the faith that God raised Jesus from the dead to become our Messiah.
We will continue with this in our next post.