- The Five Aspects of the Everlasting Covenant
- The First Aspect of the Covenant: “Perception”
- The Second Aspect of the Covenant: “Prophecy”
- The Third Aspect of the Covenant: “Personal”
- The Fourth Aspect of the Everlasting Covenant “Possession”
- The Fifth Aspect of the Everlasting Covenant: “The Picture”
- The Everlasting Covenant: The Conclusion
“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (Genesis 17:7)
The Everlasting Covenant is Personal. See Romans 8:29, it is “For whom he did foreknow…” Not what He foreknew, but “whom.”
Also see John 10:3:
“To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.”
This makes it Personal. Jesus knows His Sheep by name.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:4:
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”
Note, Paul uses the plural pronouns “us” and ‘”we.” It was not a plan that God knew, but it was individuals He knew and elected in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:4-11).
The election of God is not by heredity. No, it is by the Sovereign Purpose of God. Look again at Ephesians 1:4, “he hath chosen us in him.” And Paul continues:
“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children… according to the good pleasure of his will,” (Ephesians 1:5)
“…wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)
“In whom we have redemption … according to the riches of his grace;” (Ephesians 1:7)
Therefore, Ephesians 1:4-11 and Romans 8:29-30 conclude that Salvation is by Grace alone – not by Grace and anything else. This salvation is Personal; that is, of individuals with names. Yes, God has named each one of His Sheep (His Children). As examples, see Jeremiah 1:5 and Luke 1:13.
Just as God came to Abram and spoke to him directly; so Christ comes to every one of His Sheep at the appointed time, and speaks life into them – the Rhēma of God (John 6:63). Christ quickens each one; and then the Gospel of Christ “loosens” their grave clothes. (See John 11:40-44.) Christ spoke (rhēma) and called Lazarus out of deadness (verse 43). Lazarus had to float out, because he was “…bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin…” (John 11:44). But Jesus told them, “…Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:44).
This is what the Gospel Preacher does when he preaches the Gospel of Christ.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
Christ is the Life-Giver. The preacher, preaching the Gospel of Christ, loosens the grave clothes, or reveals the Righteousness of God to the quickened sinner “from faith to faith.” The Word that he preaches manifests the position of the quickened sinner, which is in the Righteousness of Christ. The sinner is drawn to repentance and confession that he is a sinner, but saved by the Atonement of Christ (Romans 10:9-10). He confesses, or declares, that Christ is his own personal Savior by Grace and Grace alone:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)
“Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)
Read the stories of the conversions of Paul (Saul) in Acts 9:1-17; of the Ethiopian in Acts 8:26-39; and of Cornelius in Acts 10. In each case, it was Personal. And in each case, they were water-baptized as a testimony of their understanding that they were co-crucified with Christ, co-buried, and co-raised with Christ to walk in the newness of life. (See Acts 9:18; 8:36-39; 10:47-48). Water baptism did not save them, but it was a picture of what they had already experienced personally in their spirit in conversion (1 Peter 3:21).
Yes, the application of the Everlasting Covenant is Personal to all the Seed.
The revelation to Abraham and to all his seed of faith was “to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.”
To be “a God,” you must be the Life-Giver and the Life-Sustainer. You must be the Creator, the Controller, and the Consummator. You must possess all Power; be able to Provide and Protect from all enemies. You must be the Forgiver of all iniquity; and be the Healer of all diseases, especially the sin disease.
Therefore, to be “a God,” you must be the Supply, the Sacrifice, the Substitute, and the Savior.
Not just “a God,” but my God, it is Personal to me. He is my Father, I am His Child. There is a relationship, a unity, a oneness.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (Romans 8:16)