A COVENANT FOR ALL PEOPLES
PART 2 - THE EVERLASTING COVENANT - THE COVENANT OF PROMISE
1. “I will establish My Covenant between Me and you (Abraham) and your seed after you, throughout their generations for an Everlasting Covenant.” (Gen.17:7)
2. “You shall call his name Isaac and I will establish with him My Everlasting Covenant.” (Gen.17:19)
3. “The Covenant which He made with Abraham, and the oath unto Isaac, and confirmed the same unto Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an Everlasting Covenant.” (Ps.105:9 and 10)
4. Additionally, we are told in Gen.22:18; 12:3; 17:4; 26:4; Acts.3:25; and Rom.4:17a that "In your (Abraham's) seed (Jesus) shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."
This same promise is also confirmed in the following verses:
a. “The Scriptures foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying: In you shall all the nations be blessed.” (Gal.3:8)
b. “That upon the Gentiles might come the blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus.” (Gal.3:14a)
aaron—The establishment of the Everlasting Covenant in its origin was never intended to be limited only to the nations of Israel. But its initial intent was all-inclusive: all the nations of the earth were to be given access to its benefits. Because of the foresight of the Scriptures: In that the Scriptures clearly tell us that God had always planned to extend His hand of salvation to the Gentiles, the good news was first preached to Abraham—In your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.
aaron—It is not at all the way that many suppose: That this blessed covenant could belong entirely to Abraham's physical offspring. It is extremely unfortunate that some have completely missed the point on this matter. They have failed to see and to understand the original measure of God's redemptive design. That God's original redemptive plan in Abraham’s Covenants was to include all peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations.
Question 1. Can we prove that the Covenant was universal in its origin?
Answer 1. YES! The proof would lie in how God established the Covenant of Grace with Abraham. So as we view these covenant passages, we can easily see that the universal character was always there in that institution.
Now if we could accept these Scriptures at their face value, we will be able to receive and understand this clear teaching concerning God’s people.
a. Gen.22:18 "and in your (Abraham's) seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you (Abraham) have obeyed My voice."
b. Gen.12:3 "and I will bless them that bless you, and him that curses you will I curse: and in you (Abraham) shall all the families of the earth be blessed."
c. Gen.17:4 "As for me, behold, my covenant is with you (Abraham), and you (Abraham) shall be a father of a multitude of nations."
d. Gen.26:4 "and I will multiply your (Abraham's) seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your (Abraham's) seed all these lands; and in your (Abraham's) seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;"
aaron—We can plainly see from these Old Testament references, that Abraham's posterity was to reach far beyond the nations of physical Israel. His extended family was to ultimately encompass each and every nation of the earth. And we find these same truths plainly confirmed for us in these New Testament passages:
e. Acts.3:25 "You are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed."
aaron—This Covenant blessing that was promised to father Abraham, was to be extended to each and every nation through the propitiatory work of his blessed seed—Jesus. That is, the finished propitiatory work of Jesus, by His one act of becoming the Passover Lamb of God, has allowed for the full manifestation and distribution of God’s boundless grace. Then we must see this one sacrificial act as being fully efficacious for both the Old Testament period and the New Testament period, and even extending into all of their institutional rights and ceremonies.
f. Rom.4:17a "(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made you [Abraham])"
g. Gal.3:8 "And the Scriptures, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, In you (Abraham) shall all the nations be blessed."
aaron—These two verses confirm the universality of God's original intent concerning His promise to Abraham. That his posterity would be inclusive of some others also: Even some from every nation of the earth.
h. Gal.3:16 "Now to Abraham were the promises spoken, and to his seed. He says not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ."
aaron—It is here that the Apostle Paul rests his argument. He openly states that God's covenants with Abraham were universal in character and that His Covenant of Promise was to be directed toward only a particular Seed. That this Covenant of Promise that was first instituted by way of Isaac and his posterity, would find its full manifestation and fulfillment in none other than the Blessed Seed Jesus: And then perpetuated on through His own body—which is His Holy Priesthood. Amen.