9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. SEE THE POSTS BELOW AND ESPECIALLY GALATIANS.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
The “promise is sonship (includes daughters in Greek); so that God can send the Spirit of Christ into the hearts of those under the promise of Abraham through his seed, which is Christ.
THE BLESSING of Abraham is given, through Jesus Christ, so that we may receive the PROMISE of the Spirit through faith. What is that PROMISE?
The question is what does “seed” (singular) mean in these verses? NOTE THE DIFFERENCE IN MULTIPLYING “DESCENDANTS” AND SEED–BECAUSE BLESSING IS FROM SEED. (In other words, read carefully reference to “descendants” verses “blessing”) JRD
..because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your [Abraham] son, your only son—blessing I will bless you [Abraham], and multiplying I will multiply your descendants…In your [Abraham’s] seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed…
“The problem most have with interpreting the “seed” in Jeremiah 31:35-37 is beginning in the “middle” or at the “end” rather than at the beginning. God defined the “seed” of Abraham in Gen. 12:7; 21:12; 22:18 (which by the way is none other than the “seed” in Gen, 3:15).
He said, “In Isaac shall thy seed be called“. A significant point about Isaac is that God commands Abraham to “kill him” (offer him as a sacrifice) which he did (Gen 22:1-12; Heb. 11:17-19).
The significance of this point is missed. Isaac was Abraham’s natural seed, but through offering him up as a sacrifice ended that natural seed connection, “figuratively speaking.” This action is prophetic of what was to come later.”
Hagar is the bondwoman and mother of those under the law. Who is the mother of those who receive the promise of sonship?
Jesus inside us (the hope of glory)–His Spiritual Kingdom returned in 70 AD (while most wait on His physical return)