The mandate to bless the nations began with Abraham. God’s promise to bless all nations through Abraham provides the biblical foundation and the proper heart attitude for ministry.
“Blessings” refers to God’s gracious favour and power bestowed on those who respond to Him by faith. The blessing so His favour draws us into relationship with Himself, resulting in peace, well-being and salvation.
In Christ, we discover the demonstration of God’s liberating power, Paul highlights the relational and powerful dimensions of blessing in Christ most explicitly in Galatians.
Implicit in the Abrahamic blessing, we find our mandate as well as our message.
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.” – Galatians 3:8
Our core message of the blessing which is in Christ aligns with our core mandate to bring Christ’s blessing to all nations.
“Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said. “Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.”
God pronounced blessing as early as the fifth day of creation. Blessing is God’s goodness made “gooder.”
Further into the record of Genesis, we see more occasions in which the words of blessing are pronounced. Jacob’s struggle with Esau to obtain his father’s pronouncement of blessing is the most prominent instance. His struggle with an angel (or with God?) to obtain a pronouncement of blessing is noteworthy. In every case, this verbal giving of blessing was understood as far more than words, but as an irrevocable transfer of God’s special enablement and abundance.
- Genesis 32:1-32 (newgracebaptistchurch.wordpress.com)
- What is the meaning of Jacob wrestling with God? (altruistico.wordpress.com)