The Everlasting Covenant
Part IV
(The Perspective of the Abrahamic Covenant)

presented by Don R. Hender

    " . . . finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers . . . " ~ Abraham 1:2

     In one perspective the latest edition of the Everlasting Covenant is that which is in the form of the Abrahamic Covenant. As discussed, Abraham sought after that covenant set of promises which rested in the blessings of the fathers, which in turn originated in the Pre-mortal Counsel in Heaven. In establishing the covenant with Abraham, the God had a particular exercise specific to Abraham so that Abraham would have a greater appreciation for those roles which both the Father Elohim and the Son Jehovah would play in that great 'Condescension of God' (1 Nephi 11:16-33) which is also summed in that will known scripture that states, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believethin him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

It was as a young man that Abraham did seek after the blessings of the fathers, and he became a 'rightful heir, a High Priest holding the right belonging to the fathers (Abrham 1:2). According to Hebrew tradition Abraham did sojourn to the household of Noah and according to the Doctrine and Covenants Abraham was ordained to the priesthood under the hand of Melchizedek, that is it was conferred upon him from the 'fathers' as it had come down from the fathers, from the beginning, even before the foundation of the earth, even the right of the firstborn or first man Adam through the fathers to Abraham. This included both his appointment in the priesthood and his position as to the ancestry of Jesus Christ, the promised Deliverer. (Abraham 1:3)

    "I sought for mine appointment unto the Priesthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers concerning the seed." ~ Abraham 1:4

Now concerning 'the seed', this was spoken of in relation to mother Eve as to 'her seed', meaning Jesus Christ, would have power to 'bruise' or crush the head of the seed of Satan (Genesis 3:15). Thus the covenant included the ancestry of the Messiah from the beginning and it was further 'renewed' in and with Enoch who was the ancestor of Noah.

Blessed Is He Through Whose Seed Messiah Shall Come

    "And the Lord said: Blessed is he through whose seed Messiah shall come; for he saith—I am Messiah, the King of Zion, the Rock of Heaven, which is broad as eternity, whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall come forth with songs of everlasting joy." ~ Moses 7:53

As the just quoted scripture reveals, the Ministering God, our Lord Jehovah, who stands in the stead of the Father in all things, is he who is the same as the Messiah, even Jesus Christ. And it is he who the Everlasting Covenant does pronouce as our Deliverer. And further those of the covenant which was the covenant bestowed upon Abraham, are those who are 'blessed' as being 'through whose seed Messiah shall [did] come'.

Before Abraham did leave the arena of Ur, he was already a High Priest holding the priesthood of God from the fathers. Tradition sets out that Abraham had a run-in with Nimrod. And the Book of Abraham further sets out that at one juncture Abraham was in the process of being 'sacrificed unto the God's of the false religion of the land' as so illustrated in facsimile 1 from the Book of Abraham (Abrham 1:5-20). Thus it was doublely hard for Abraham to follow the direct command of God latter when he in turn was commandd of God to sacrifice his own son, for he knew of the experience of being set as a sacrifice himself. So when Abraham went to sacrifice his own son Isaac a multitude of thoughts and emotions were present in Abraham, he knowing it was a 'pagan' practice to sacrifice a child unto any God. Thus Abraham's faith was more greatly tested. He was losing the son of 'the promised seed', the ancestor to the Messiah, he was killing his own most beloved son Isaac in a manner which he himself was once almost sacrificed in Ur.

The Covenant Descent

    "And also with Joseph and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, by whom the promises remain;" ~ D&C 27:10

From Abraham, the covenant was transfered to Isaac then Jacob whom the Lord did rename Israel. And from Israel unto Joseph as signified by his coat of many colors. And then by the very hand of Jacob was the covenant bestowed upon Joseph's younger son Ephraim. And it is through Ephraim and the seed thereof that the blessing of the Covenant are fulfilled unto the blessing of every nation, kindred, tongue and people who ever have, do and will live in the flesh upon the earth. Now as Ephraim is and was heir of the covenant, not Judah, it may be well to consider just how Ephraim plays out as the ancestor of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. And it is also to the seed of Ephraim that we look to the fulfillment of the Covenant of Abraham in bring the blessing of the covenant, the Everlasting Covenant, to every nation kindred, tongue and people in the latter days.

  • A Doctrinally Solid Basic Plan of Salvation Article
    by Elder Robert D. Hales

  • There are many perspectives of the Everlasting Covenant ~ The Promises of God to His children:

  • Title & Forward

  • Everlasting Covenants - Content

  • Preface & Introduction

  • Part I: Eternal Perspective

  • Part II: Blessings of the Fathers Perspective

  • Part IIIa: Perspective of the Covenant of Noah

  • Part IIIb: Perspective of the Covenant's 1st Shoe

  • Part IVa: The Abrahamic Covenant Perspective

  • Part IVb: Perspective of Covenant Renewings

  • Part V: God's Marriage Perspective

  • Part VI: Perspective of the Deliverer

  • Part VIIa: Fulfillment Via Ephraim Perspective

  • Part VIIb: Universal Israel Perspective

  • Part VIIIa: Perspective of the Second Coming

  • Part VIIIb: Perspective of the Covenant's 2nd Shoe

  • Part IX: Perspective of the Millennium

  • Part X: Perspective of the Final Judgment

  • Part XI: Perspective of the Portals of Time

  • Part XII: Summary of the Everlasting Covenant

  • Elements of the Covenant of Abraham, the Everlasting Covenant

    In any covenant agreement, there are matters to which both parties must offer and agree to. In simplest terms God the Father has promised to provide us, his spirit children, a redeemer and deliverer, Jesus Christ, based upon our acceptance of him and the Father's plan, as well as the willing effort to live the laws and commandments of God. Further given in LDS Bible Dictionary under 'Abraham, Covenant of' such performances of sub-covenants are listed such as baptism, the conference of the priesthood, celestial marriage and so forth which would also include the eventual priesthood authority action in relation to one's resurrection. As Christ taught, the meek and humble of the earth who do come unto him will inherit the earth as a 'land inheritance'. And all may become a part and party of the House of Israel through the operations of the latter day Church of Jesus Christ.

    rev. 12 October 2016