Biblical Covenant Defined – Part 4Genesis 17:1-2 – And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
Today, let’s look directly at God’s covenant with Abraham. When God made covenant with Abraham, because He could swear, or make an oath by no one greater than Himself, He took it upon Himself as our changeless God (Malachi 3:6) to make a covenant that would include His unchanging Son (Hebrews 13:8), and would require the shedding of His blood for ultimate confirmation. But until the fulfilling of the time for the brining forth of His Son into the earth, blood was still required. For man, it was the shedding of blood through circumcision when an infant son was eight days old (or for an adult if he entered the covenant later in life). But until God Jesus came in the flesh, God used the sacrifice of a selected animal as a representation of His blood. Because it was an animal’s blood, that sacrifice had to be made again and again, year after year, and sometimes more often, in order to keep that covenant in a fully operational and valid form.
But, when Jesus came, all that changed. When Jesus was the sacrifice, all other blood sacrifices came to an end. Jesus’s sacrifice was “once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). I should note here, this did not destroy the law, but rather fulfilled the law. His flesh was ripped and torn apart. His blood flowed. Jehovah God accepted that blood as from the spotless Lamb of God. The covenant, the New Covenant was established and settled forever. Settled forever in heaven before the foundation of the world. Settled forever in the earth by Christ at Calvary. And settled forever in me June 17, 1959. I don’t know your date of settling, but the moment you were born again, it was settled forever in you.
One of the greatest undertakings to which you can give yourself is to come to a place of knowing how the Abrahamic covenant has been applied to you, and to at least begin to see how complete that covenant is in your life. It covers every arena of your life; spirit, soul, body, domestically, professionally, financially, and socially. God’s covenant with Abraham was established more than 400 years before the law of Moses was given. In fact, the covenant of the law of Moses was set in place as a school master to give guidance to God’s people in a soulish, sensory-perceived manner until it could be fulfilled through the work of Jesus to reveal the spiritual truths of the New Testament. Open your heart and learn it. Selah!
Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 16:17; Luke 21:33; Romans 3:4; Hebrews 1:3