Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country…..And I will make of you a great nation….And you will be a blessing….by you all the families of the earth will bless themselves.” Genesis 12:1-3
Plenty of people were saved before Abraham was born. And they were members of what we call the invisible church. But there was no visible organization in those days such as we ordinarily think of as a church.
God wanted such an organization, made up of people from every nation on earth. But in order to reach every nation He naturally had to begin with one nation. They, in turn, would be God’s means of reaching others. They would be what God calls “kingdom of priests.” And in order to organize this first kingdom of priests, God called a single individual out of heathendom. That is why we call this man “the father of all believers” whether they descended from him physically or follow in the footsteps of his faith. (Galatians 3:7, 28, 29)
Unhappily, that first nation upon whom God showed such special kindness thought that all this favor was for their own sake, and not to be shared with the rest of the world. So God took away their special status and gave it to others.
The church today must remember constantly that it is now her turn to be a “kingdom of priests” (I Peter 2:9) for the entire world. And whenever a church fails to be a blessing to the world, God will take away her privileged place and give it to others. The church has been separated from the world so that it can be a blessing to it.