The Seed of Abraham: A Theological Analysis of Galatians 3 and Its Implications for Israel

Michael Riccardi | May 13, 2014

Nondispensationalists often claim that Paul’s identification of believing Gentiles as “the seed of Abraham” in Galatians 3 means that the church is now “spiritual Israel,” and that a future fulfillment of national and political blessings to Israel are now excluded. Yet a proper understanding of the “seed” concept in Galatians and the rest of the Bible shows this is not the case. Jesus’ identification as the ultimate seed of Abraham is the basis for the fulfillment of all of the Abrahamic blessings, including national and political promises to Israel along with Gentile inclusion.

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Michael Riccardi Faculty Associate, Theology Mike Riccardi currently serves as the Pastor of Local Outreach Ministries at Grace Community Church, which includes overseeing Fundamentals of the Faith classes, six foreign language outreach Bible studies, and evangelism in nearby jails, rehab centers, and in the local neighborhood. Mike earned his B.A. in Italian and his M.Ed. in Foreign Language from Rutgers University, and his M.Div. and Th.M. from The Master's Seminary. He also has the privilege of serving alongside Phil Johnson as co-pastor of GraceLife, a Sunday morning adult fellowship group at Grace Church. His dear wife, Janna, lovingly supports and serves alongside him in these ministries.

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