THE SEED

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There is an amazing solidarity throughout the Bible. There is one main theme from Genesis to Revelation and that is Jesus Christ. Recently I saw something in the account of Adam and Eve that seemed to light up in me. I would like to share it with you.

Immediately after Adam ate the forbidden fruit God came to sort it all out. He handed out the discipline for each of the parties involved; the serpent, Adam and Eve. For now I want to focus on what God said to the Serpent. He told him “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”[1] Right here is where the light shone for me. God makes a promise here that the seed of the woman would be a serpent crusher. This is the first prophecy predicting the coming of Christ.

All of the saints in the Old Covenant believed in a Messiah or Christ to come. We, of course, believe in one that has come because we live on the other side of the cross. People have often wondered if Adam was saved, well if he believed in this promise he would have been. God made the promise of a coming savior that would take out the serpent, and if Adam put his faith in that promise I believe he would be saved. I saw that this is exactly the same type of thing we read of with Abraham.

The Bible tells us a little later on in Genesis that God promised Abraham a son (seed) and he believed him. We read “Abraham believed in the Lord: and he counted it to him for righteousness.”[2] Salvation then is simple faith in the promise of God. If Adam believed in the promise of God for the seed of the woman and Abraham believed God for his own seed they both would be counted righteous. Isn’t that great? All we have to do is believe God’s promise of a seed.

Further along we read where God gives King David a promise too. He tells him “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”[3] This same promise is repeated by Jeremiah he says, “a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth…For thus says the Lord, ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel”[4] So here is God’s promise of a seed continued now through the house of David. Remember Jesus was known as “Son of David.”

Finally we come to the New Covenant. In the letter to the Galatians Paul clears this whole thing up once and for all. He says, “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is the Christ.”[5] Now we can see how we are included in this wonderful promise. “The promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”[6] We can all be sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant (seed), heirs according to promise.”[7]

Let me end by saying the seed that was promised in Genesis 3 is the same seed that God promised Abraham and David. In fact this is the same seed that we are looking to now and his name is Jesus Christ. The only requirement God has for any of us whether Old or New Covenant is faith in the promised seed. All that is required of us is to put our trust in God and his promise. The really great news is when we do put our faith in him he comes to take up residence within us. In 1 John 3:9 we read “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” All we have to do is believe the promise of God.

Written by Louie


[1] Genesis 3:15

[2] Genesis 15:6

[3] 2 Samuel 7:16

[4] Jeremiah 33:14-17

 [5] Galatians 3:16

[6] Galatians 3:22b

[7] Galatians 3:29

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