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The Everlasting Covenant

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    Chapter 9 - The Promise of Victory

    The Seed to whom the Promise was Made

    We have noted the repetition of the promise, and the oath which confirmed it. But there is yet one very important feature of the promise which has not been specially noted. It is this: “And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.” 1Genesis 22:17. This is worth most careful attention, for it presents the consummation of the Gospel.EVCO 115.1

    Let it never be forgotten that “to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to they seed, which is Christ.” 2Galatians 3:16. There is only one seed, and that is Christ; but “as many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ,” so that they are all one in Christ Jesus. And “if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” 3Galatians 3:27, 29.EVCO 115.2

    The seed is Christ and those who are His, and it is nothing else. The Bible nowhere sets forth any other seed of Abraham. Therefore the promise to Abraham amounted to this: Christ, and those who are His—thy seed—shall possess the gate of their enemies.EVCO 116.1

    By one man sin came into the world. The temptation came through Satan, the arch-enemy of Christ. Satan and his hosts are the enemies of Christ, and of everything that is like Christ. They are the enemies of all good, and of all men. “The enemy” that sowed the tares is the devil. The name “Satan” means adversary. “Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 11 Peter 5:8. The promise that Abraham’s seed should possess the gate of his enemies, is the promise of victory over sin and Satan, through Jesus Christ.EVCO 116.2

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