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The Everlasting Covenant

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    A Covenant of Righteousness

    The Lord said to Abraham after this re-statement of the covenant with him and his seed, “And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt Me and you.” 1Genesis 17:11. Now if we turn to the Epistle to the Romans we shall learn much more of the meaning of this transaction. We must have the scripture before us in order that we may consider it understandingly, and so we will quote it at length.EVCO 84.5

    “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?EVCO 85.1

    “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.EVCO 85.2

    “For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.EVCO 85.3

    “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.EVCO 85.4

    “Even as David also described the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.EVCO 85.5

    “Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision?EVCO 85.6

    “Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision, and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also; and the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.EVCO 85.7

    “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” 1Romans 4:1-13.EVCO 86.1

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