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#blessed: Lesson 2: Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2! We are studying the word blessed, so again, we’ll do a quick recap.

BACKGROUND

There are four main words which have been translated blessed in our modern English Bible translations:

Old Testament (Hebrew)

barak

esher

New Testament (Greek)

eulogeo

makarios

APPLICATION

We’ve started our word study with barak and eulogeo, which we know refer to being divinely favored and consecrated to God. In Part 1 of this week’s lesson, we discussed that when we are in Christ we have inherited the blessings given to Abraham and we have inherited every spiritual blessing.

So let’s get right into the rest of this week's lesson!

It is extremely significant that within the first words spoken by God to mankind was the command to be fruitful and multiply. Then, in His promise to Abraham, God acknowledged mankind’s ultimate reliance upon Himself. God told Abraham He would do the fruit-bearing and multiplying if Abraham and his descendants obeyed Him and walked with Him.

If you’ll recall from Lesson 1, in the Old Testament the outward symbol of a person’s or a people’s consecration to God almost always showed up physically. So the blessing of being fruitful and multiplying was taken at face value - the people were blessed with descendants, livestock, land, etc.

However, in the New Testament the outward symbol of a person’s consecration to God often looked a little different. So, while the words be fruitful and multiply can absolutely still be taken at face value for us, meaning we are blessed when we bear children or multiply materially, there is so much more spiritual significance to this blessing.

God has promised us that when we are obedient to Him and walk with Him, He will grow us and make us fruitful. We inherited every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) in order to be a spiritual blessing!

From the dawn of creation, we were meant to grow and bring forth fruit that would increase the numbers of Heaven!

In Lesson 1 we referenced this verse spoken by Jesus before He ascended to Heaven:

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate [the Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)