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A Changeless Covenant

October 10, 2016

“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” (Hebrews 6:17-19)

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” (Galatians 3:18)

The promise God made to Abraham and to Abraham’s seed was a covenant made with Jesus.

The covenant God made with Abraham was made with Abraham’s descendants. God repeatedly told Abraham that He is making this covenant with Abraham and with Abraham’s seed. This covenant certainly included Abraham’s son, grandson, great-grandson and so forth. This covenant involved another party. The covenant of God was made with the seed of Abraham.

Just like in English, the Hebrew word for seed is both singular and plural. One is correct in refering to a single seed and to a bag of seed. The same is true in Hebrew. In His covenant with Abraham the seed that God is covenanting with is a singular descendant, not all the descendants of Abraham. The covenant of God was made to one seed.

The seed to whom God made these promises was not Isaac. The seed to whom God made these promises was Jesus the Messiah. What does this mean? This means the first person of the Godhead covenanted with the second person of the Godhead to make righteous those who believe in Him. God’s promise to Abraham that his seed would bring blessing to the world and his seed would have an eternal kingdom that covenant was made to Christ. Abraham was the beneficiary of a covenant made between God and God.

The covenant of God was that of Father to Son, Creator to Savior, Judge to Redeemer. God covenanted with Himself to make people righteous through faith. God makes men righteous through faith because He promised His Son He would.

The covenant of God is changeless. The covenant of God is changeless because the Author of the covenant is changeless. The covenant of God is changeless because the changeless God made this covenant with Himself. The permanent nature of a covenant by the changeless, faithful God is even more certain because that covenant was not made to man. Because the covenant was made to Jesus, God the Son, man can do nothing to accomplish the covenant that God made with Himself. It is absolutely and utterly impossible for the changeless God to change an eternal covenant made by God the Father to God the Son.

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