The Abrahamic Covenant
Genesis 17:4 – “As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.”
This was God’s method of establishing a legal contract with men.
The power of this contract caused God to talk with Abraham before He did anything to the cities. Genesis 18:16-33
The Blessings of the Covenant
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 – “And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God” (v.2).
Four major categories of blessings:
All a man had to do to enjoy these blessings was to obey the Word of God.
The Curse of the Law
When the people disobeyed the Word, they fell under the curses.
As long as they obeyed God’s Word, they lived under an umbrella of protection.
“The Lord shall allow you to be smitten” (v.22, Hebrew text, permissive verb).
“Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law…” (v.61) Every sickness and every disease is under the curse. D. Jesus Came to Fulfill the Words of the Covenant
Jesus operates as a prophet ministering the Word of His Father.
Matthew 5:17-18 – “…I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil…one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
Isaiah 61:1-2 – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to
preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.”
Jesus fulfills this prophecy.
Matthew 11:5 – “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
Luke 13:11-17 – “And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself ” (v.11). “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” (v.16)
Christ Has Redeemed Us from the Curse
While hanging on the cross, Jesus cried, “It is finished.” Jesus was the last sacrifice of the Abrahamic Covenant. He was offered up on the altar of the cross.
Jesus went into the pit of hell itself and paid the price for man’s fall.
Galatians 3:13-14, 29 – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (v.13). “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (v.29).
What We Have Been Redeemed Into
Colossians 1:13 – “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (v.17). “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (v.21).
Romans 5:17 – “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 2:5-6 – “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (v.6).
Matthew 6:24-34 – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (v.33).
Heirs According to the Promise
Galatians 3:29 – “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
We are joint heirs with Jesus in His Covenant with God. Whatever Jesus gets, we get. What is His is ours. Jesus was born again, resurrected and seated at the throne of God.
1 John 4:17 – “…because as he is, so are we in this world.”
Abraham’s blessings belong to us.
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