Bible Study Outlines

Volume 4, Lesson 6
by C.I. Scofield

The Chosen Family, Part III

Spiritual Crisis and Bondage

The covenant with Abraham, confirmed to Isaac and to Jacob, had one emphatic condition of blessing -- the chosen family must abide in the land. The covenanted blessings were there (Exodus 3:8; 33:1-3; Deuteronomy 8:7-10; 11:10-12; 26:15). A New Testament type relating to these blessings can be found in respect to believers. As the Israelite's blessing was in the land, so the Christian's blessing is "in Christ."

  1. Promised blessings to Israel
  2. Promised blessings to the Church
  3. Israel and Failure
    1. Coming out, but not entering in
      • Genesis 11:31 -- "They went forth... to go into the land of Canaan; they came to Haran, and dwelt there"
    2. Under testing, they forsake the land
  4. The Christian and failure
    1. The Christian is "in Christ Jesus" through a divine work
      • 1Corinthians 12:12,13 -- "Many members... one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body"
      • John 15:5 -- "I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me... bringeth forth much fruit" (see John 15:1-17)
    2. Restoration to fellowship and blessing
      • 1John 1:9 -- "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive." A believer's fellowship is restored (see 1John 1:1-10).
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