The Covenant of Abraham

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Jer 31:31-34 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."


Dear CBC Family,

I have received many questions asking for more information on the covenant that God made with Abraham so I decided that this weekend we will explore it fully. The covenant between God and Abraham includes many blessings and provisions which are not generally seen unless one digs into the text and observes where the Holy Spirit references them.

Two of the lesser known blessings of the Abrahamic covenant were justification and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. While that may be new to some of you it is clearly what the bible teaches. The New Covenant spoken of in Jer. is only the carrying out and fulfillment of the covenant made with Abraham, as Paul asserts in Gal. 3:14: "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." Here Paul ties the giving of the Spirit directly to the “blessings” of Abraham. This is quite profound and has massive implications for our understanding of what it means to live by faith.

Jer. 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

The thing here promised is sanctification or the writing of the law in the heart. If obedience to God’s law is what sanctification is, and it is, then this is the blessing proposed in this promise of the New Covenant. So far then from the moral law being done away, the New Covenant is nothing else than real obedience to the law. This exactly accords with what Paul says in Rom. 8:3-4: "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

This weekend’s study is really important if you want to understand what walking by faith means, how to do it, what God’s purpose is in giving you His Spirit and how it all ties back to Abraham’s covenant. Please pray for me as prepping for this message requires a lot of prayerful diligence in the word of God. I believe this is really going to bless our church.

Thanking God for my church family.

Pastor Scott

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