I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” This promise is the great charter of the Church of the earth be blessed.” When Adam lost Paradise, God had promised him, that of the woman's seed should come a deliverer for the human race.” And now the hope was to gain shape and substance, by being embodied in those lasting institutions which have their completion in the Church. The promise makes mention, first, of an earthly inheritance, and then of a heavenly possession; first of a temporal seed, and then of a spiritual progeny; first of that which should be confined to one nation, and then of that in which all the world should be included. Yet were these several parts of the promise so united, that the one was borne, as it were, in the arms of the other. Before their completion they seemed but one; and since their completion they have been again so blended together, that whatsoever was spoken of the outward has reference also to the inward blessing. For God's dispensations have been ever thus; what is present and temporal has taken its shape from some more lasting blessing which lay hid within. As the indistinct imaginations of child hood express the weakness of man's knowledge in this present state," and as the ark was a token of the Church, in which men are in like manner offered a refuge from destruction, so was God's dealing with the temporal seed of Abraham.
Thus does the whole promise of Abraham belong to the Church of Christ. For it was limited from the first to one of the nations of which Abraham was the natural parent—namely, to that nation of Israel, of which, now that men are elected not by birth, but by baptism,” the Church of Christ has inherited the privileges and the name.” “The promise,” says St. Paul, “was not made to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed,” the Church of Christ;" that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentile Church." The promise, then, that it should be “the heir of the world,” and that it should redress the miseries which sin had introduced, was thus early given to the Church of God; and for her sake, and for the fulfillment of God's blessing, have the long line of her patriarchs, saints, and martyrs contended. Of these Abraham was among the greatest. He left his native land, and went out, not knowing whither he went. “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Here he afforded a memorable instance of domestic piety, setting up an altar to his God in every place of his temporary abode. And to reward his faith he had an especial vision of his great Descendant, whose coming it was the privilege of the latter days to witness. But Abraham “desired to see that day, and he saw it, and was glad.”
I was crying too and was telling the Most High how Happy I am!!!! TEARS OF HAPPINESS!!!