And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29.
What is being implied by the phrase “if you are Christ’s”?
Many more modern translations interpret this to mean you belong to Christ, and based on other passages would be true. For example, the NIV:
If you belong to Christ then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.
This is interpreting the passage based on the same logic used by the translators’ of the King James when using “the apostrophe s” (not in the Greek) after Christ, even though the words “belong to” aren’t in the text. Their interpretation is that the passage implies possession based on other verses such as 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23 which inform us:
“You are bought with a price”.
The text of Galatians 3:29 begins “de ei hymeis Christos”, and the word Christos means anointed, thus “if you are anointed” (or claim to be). Compare this to Matthew 24:23:
For many shall come in my name saying I am anointed (christos) and shall deceive many.
Many shall come in my name means men and women who are ambassadors of Christ and speak on his behalf. They claim to be anointed as their authority to do so. Let me speak frankly to younger readers. Years ago, few preachers claimed to be anointed or to have “the anointing”. Now, essentially everyone on television, radio or otherwise makes this claim. They are the same people who love to talk about “the signs of the end times” in Matthew 24, without realizing they are fulfilling the prophecy in so stating. This is why Jesus said, “you will know them by their fruit”, not who they claim to be as testimony of themselves. This is an antichrist spirit that had already manifested in the first century church.
Little children it is the last time and as you have heard that antichrist shall come even now are there many antichrists whereby we know that is the last time. 1 John 2:18.
Now please consider what Paul is saying in 2 Corinthians 10:7:
Do you look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is anointed let him of himself think this again, that as he is anointed even so are we anointed.
Among the first century church there already were many preaching “in that name” and claiming an anointing to do so, and yet they were contradicting what Paul and his companions were preaching! I implore you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ:
Beloved believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1