The Lord gave many wonderful promises to the literal descendants of Abraham (Galatians 3:16). But, these promises were given on the condition of obedience. The promises themselves did not fail, but the people simply failed to measure up to the conditions of these promises. The promises will still be fulfilled but not to Israel after the flesh but to all that accept Jesus by faith.
In Galatians 3:27-29, we read: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Today, anyone who believes in Christ becomes a member of Christ’s spiritual family and thereby a spiritual descendant of Abraham and heir of the promise that was made. The promises that were made to literal Israel will be fulfilled to these spiritual children of God. The converted gentiles or Jews (Romans 11:13) become grafted in the Olive tree “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many” (1 Corinthians 12:13,14).
In Romans 4:13, 16, we read: “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith…. Therefore, it is of faith that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.”
Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). We look to the day when all God’s children of all races and nations will be gathered as one people and be granted the beautiful Holy Land and the new earth without any curse of sin.
In His service,