There is a heresy out there oopularized by that hack writer Dan Brown. That Christ had a lover, Mary Magdalene, and from that came a line of men with his blood. That these people, who led to a french royal line and to the Stuarts, remain. And that they have been hunted. Makes for good fiction, but it is about as truthful as the British Israelites, who believe that Christ as a child walked in England.
Christ has descendants, but by the will of God. They are his followers. Abraham had two sons: one because his wife said to take one of the servant girls as a concubine and have children — and there were probably more concubines –but it was a child born against all expectation that was the lineage from which all Jewry were descended in the time of Paul. (Not now: a fair number are from the Ashkenazim, who converted during the time of the Byzantine empire)
23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him;
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.
24 For He has not despised nor scorned the suffering of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from him;
But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.
25 From You comes my praise in the great assembly;
I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him.
26 The afflicted will eat and be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.
May your heart live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord,
And all the families of the nations will worship before You.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s
And He rules over the nations.
29 All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship,
All those who go down to the dust will kneel before Him,
Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.
30 A posterity will serve Him;
It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation.
31 They will come and will declare His righteousness
To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.
Yes, we will all praise the LORD. I will break my rule of not using Youtube, because I can’t find this elsewhere.
4 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about; but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, the wages are not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered.
8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.”
9 Is this blessing then on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also? For we say, “Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 10 How then was it credited? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised; 11 and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.
let us deal with the bviours first. The descendants of Abraham are promised to be praising the messiah, who is Christ, who left no royal lineage on this earth. His kingdom was not of this world: otherwise his first duty would be to produce an heir. Therefore this is spiritual, and not physical.
If the Jews count the converts, event those who were of completely different tribes, as of their descent, so should we.
The second is that some sons of the flesh will rebel and will not be children of promise. Not all Jews are of Christ — something that grieved Paul, and motivated him to work with the Gentiles so that the Jewish church would compete — he wanted all to be in Christ. This can include those who we have born and raised. They may leave the church, though they were trained up right. We have to pray that they return., but that is in the hands of God.
Thirdly, those who come to Christ because of us or whom we mentor are sons and daughters in Christ.
This leads to a conclusion. We cannot do much about the nature of our society. The culture flows downhill from religion, and the West is apostate. We can do something about family. Family is those in Christ. They get our priority.
And that community should be one attracts people to return home.
And those who would entry to signal virtue and distract us with the neuroses of this time> Do not be them, and do not be like them.