“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 (Elohim – Almighty One) unto thee, and to thy seed after thee !” Genesis 17:7
To all men this Covenant offered pardon, and the assisting grace of God for future obedience through faith in Christ. It also promised them Eternal Life on condition of fidelity to God’s law. Thus the patriarchs received the hope of Salvation !
Covenant (H1285, G1242) = cutting, passing between flesh, divisory will, testament, Oath, Promise
So Abraham understood it, and he trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. It was this faith that was accounted unto him for righteousness. The Covenant with Abraham also maintained the authority of God’s law. The LORD appeared unto Abraham, and said, “I Am the Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect.” The testimony of God concerning His faithful servant was, “Abraham obeyed My Voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws . . . .” Genesis 17:1; 26:5
The Abrahamic Covenant was ratified by the blood of Christ, and it is called the second, or “new,” Covenant, because the blood by which it was sealed was shed after the blood of the first covenant. The Covenant of grace is not a new Truth, for it existed in the mind of God from all eternity. This is why it is called the Everlasting Covenant. ref: Zechariah 6:13
“For all the promises of God in Him (the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us) are Yea, and in Him Amen !” II Corinthians 1:20
– The Faith I Live By p.77
“For unto us was the Glad Tidings preached (proclaimed), as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it ! For we which have believed do enter into Rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My Rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world . . .
We encourage our readers to look up the original greek word used for “Rest” here in Hebrews chapter 4. There is amazing Light shining upon the LORD’s people from His Word in these final days before Christ’s soon return !Scripture references have been added and are indicated by italics