Genesis 15:3-4 gives us the dialog that transpired between Abram and the Lord. Abram tells God that he had not yet been blessed by a child (seed) by the Lord and the one who is born in his house (referring to Eleazar his steward) will be his heir. To this the Lord responds that there one born in his house shall not be his heir, but instead, the one who shall come forth from within (his bowels) shall be his heir.
While in a literal sense this would mean that it would Abram’s own child who will be his heir, it figuratively reveals a hidden treasure that we must not overlook. The heir that God was speaking about for Abram was not merely seeds, but Seed (singularly) speaking of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, through the lineage of Abram (Galatians 3:16).
Points to ponder:
The Bible refers to Jesus Christ, the One within us, who is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Just as the child of Abram is his heir, those who believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in us, are heirs to God himself. Heritage comes from within … for when we receive Christ to live within us, we are made heirs to God (Romans 8:17).
Genesis 15:3-4 (KJV)
3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
4 And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Colossians 1:27 (KJV)
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Romans 8:15-17 (KJV)
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.