Genesis 12 is a major turning point in God’s unfolding plan of redemption. From this point on God begins dealing not with scattered individuals but a collective people, a race of people that will become the Jewish people and eventually lead to the people of the New Covenant. In other words, this is the starting point for every current day believer in Jesus Christ. We are included in this promise made to Abraham 4,000 or so years ago. This is seen in the words God says to Abraham, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (v.3) Lest we miss the importance of this the book of Genesis will repeat it (18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14) and the rest of the Bible will pick up on its theme. Indeed, The first preachers of the gospel saw the promises made to Abraham fulfilled in what Jesus of Nazareth accomplished. (Acts 3:25; Rom.4; Gal.3:8, etc.) This is what Acts 11 is all about today. Peter is telling how God saved Cornelius and his buddies. Pure Gentiles saved and brought into the kingdom. It may have lost its wonder on us but for the first believers this was amazing. “So then, God has granted to the Gentiles repentance unto life as well.”(v.18) It should still be amazing that we can sing, “Father Abraham” and know that we are one of his sons because of Christ’s work on our behalf!