Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants 1

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsWe stopped last time in the middle in Abraham’s tale of two covenants. Let’s revisit some of the verses we read previously as we continue Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants…

Genesis 17:7-14 (NKJV)

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also, I give to you and your descendants after you the land in (of your sojournings) which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 13 He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”   Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants

God presented Abraham with a new covenant, working in conjunction with the first covenant. And God called this new covenant, Continue reading

Understanding the Two Covenants of Abraham-Part 2

Understanding the Two Covenants of AbrahamWe continue our study on “Understanding the two covenants of Abraham” – God starts by telling Abram He will establish between God and Abram a covenant and multiply him exceedingly. But is this the Abrahamic Covenant?

Genesis 17:2-4 (NKJV)

And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many (multitude of) nations.

Now if you are paying close attention to the text you probably noticed something curious in this passage.  God starts by telling Abram He will establish between God and Abram a covenant and multiply him exceedingly. At first glance, if you are familiar with Abrams story, you may have assumed this is the same covenant from earlier in Abrams story beginning in chapter 12. The one God announced in chapter 12, the one God confirmed in chapter 15 and echoed the whole way through. The one that had that ritual, the one that promises he will have many descendants. But when you look closely at the language it isn’t the same covenant. It speaks of a different covenant. First, the language is in the future tense. Not just in English, it is also in the future tense in Hebrew.  He says I WILL establish something with you. So this is something yet to happen. Continue reading

Understanding the Two Covenants God made with Abraham

Understanding the Two Covenants God made with AbrahamGod made two covenants with Abraham. The first is what we call the Abrahamic Covenant and the second is the Covenant of Circumcision. Many people seemed confused about the relationship and meaning of these two covenants. Today we begin a series on “Understanding the Two Covenants God made with Abraham”

Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV)

12 that you do not become sluggish (lazy), but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

For the fourth time, God appears to Abram. And the occasion for the visitation is similar to the previous three visits by God to Abram: God’s covenant with Abram. But now, God is ready to bring Abram the full revelation of His covenant. Including a sign, that Abram will carry in his body to show that God has made this promise to him and his family.
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In God’s Promises We Believed-Inheriting Eternal Rewards

God Made Promises to Abraham and He Believed –  Inheriting Eternal Rewards

ROMANS 4 (cont.)

promises and believed for eternal rewardsIn support of what we read in Romans 4 we go to other scripture. This is exactly how we follow in Abraham’s footsteps in obtaining God’s righteousness as he did.

  • We receive a promise that God will bring new life from our dead spirit. 
  • That by faith in Christ we may be born again. Made new spiritually in the likeness of Christ. 

As Jesus told Nicodemus:

John 3:3-6 (NKJV)

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again (from above), he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Here we have someone being told he has to come to life in a new way. And if he contemplated his own body what would he say? Contemplating his own body, Nicodemus said: Continue reading