Seed of Abraham Adopted
into the Family of God

President James E. Faust

[From “The Key of the Knowledge of God,” Ensign, Nov 2004, 52]

What does it mean to be the seed of Abraham? Scripturally it has a deeper meaning than being his literal descendants. The Lord made a covenant with Abraham, the great patriarch, that all nations would be blessed through him (see Gen. 18:18; Gal. 3:8; 3 Ne. 20:25, 29). Any man or woman can claim the blessings of Abraham. They become his seed and heirs to the promised blessings by accepting the gospel, being baptized, entering into temple marriage, being faithful in keeping their covenants, and helping to carry the gospel to all the nations of the earth.

To be empowered to “bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations,” (Abr. 2:9) a man must receive the Melchizedek Priesthood with its blessings. Then through faithfulness he becomes an heir to the fulness of eternal life. For as Paul said, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29).

As the seed of Abraham, we have some obligations. We are commanded to come to Christ by doing “the works of Abraham” (John 8:39; see also John 8:32–50). These works include obeying God, receiving and keeping priesthood and temple ordinances and covenants, preaching the gospel, building a family unit and teaching our children, and being faithful to the end.

It is interesting that the Lord used the word seed in His promise to Abraham. It has a fuller meaning than posterity because it means to multiply the blessings of the covenant of Abraham “unto all nations” (Abr. 2:9). The Lord promised Abraham a posterity “as innumerable as the stars” or “the sand upon the seashore” (D&C 132:30).

Abraham’s righteous posterity is also privileged to be adopted into the eternal family of Jesus Christ. This includes the right to receive eternal covenants in the temple by which, if they are worthy, they will be organized and exalted in the eternal family of Christ (see Gal. 3:29). It also includes “the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal” (Abr. 2:11).  [Emphasis added]