“He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” (Galatians 3:14)
As a minister I have been asked on many occasions to deliver a eulogy, which by definition is “a commendatory statement of high praise.” Most often these type of remarks are relegated to funerals, where we speak well of the deceased. And that is a regrettable after-thought in my opinion. How much more would our kind and inspiring words have meant to the person if we spoke them while they were yet with us?
And this is precisely what God does – He eulogizes us while we are yet alive! And His eulogy empowers us to live an even more abundant and effective life than we think possible. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is Father Abraham.
Paul tells us in Galatians that there was “a blessing given to Abraham.” The word blessing comes from the Greek word eulogia, from which we get our English word eulogy. It means “to speak a blessing over another, with commitment to carry it out.” Note: It is not merely a spoken word of praise; rather it is a demonstrated act of promised provision.
To illustrate this Paul uses the word eulogia in another scripture – “So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift (i.e., eulogia), so that the same would be ready as a bountiful gift and not affected by covetousness” (2Co 9:5). Paul is talking about the “promised gift” of financial aid the Corinthians had made for the relief of the struggling believers in Jerusalem.
So, a eulogy is a blessing in the fullest sense of the word; it is not just speaking a blessing — it is committing oneself to carry through until the blessing actually happens.
Now consider this. A blessing only carries with it the weight and resource of the one who speaks it. A pauper may bless me; but there may be nothing other than his kind words to show for it. But when I am blessed by a prince – well, that’s something altogether different. His position and power provide him with the resources to demonstrate his “blessing” by enriching my life well beyond just the words he has spoken.
But we have something even better than that; yea, better by far! In Christ we have the Eulogy of God!
When God speaks His blessing over your life, then all heaven and earth are mobilized in full compliance with the Divine decree – and you are blessed indeed! And that is what happened to Abraham of old. God blessed him; that is, God eulogized him and marshaled all of His resources to insure that the words God spoke were not empty promises. Consequently, Abraham was blessed abundantly – that’s why we talk about him to this very day.
Tomorrow we will look at the blessings God gave to Abraham, and what they mean for us today.