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What is the Abrahamic Covenant?

Posted by Matt LaClear on January 31, 2023

What is the Abrahamic Covenant? | Agape Woodwork

You are part of the Abrahamic Covenant.

God promised Abraham and his descendants that He would bless them if they followed Him. This ancient pact is described in Genesis 15, where God shows Abraham the stars and says, "So shall your offspring be" (Genesis 15:5).

The Lord also reveals His plan for Israel in Deuteronomy 29 and 30, emphasizing obedience to His commands so that the nation can enjoy lasting blessings.

Through this covenant, God established an enduring relationship with His people and set them apart from all others.

Abraham obeys God

Definition of Covenant

God wants His people to live in harmony with Him and each other.

A covenant is a solemn promise representing God's commitment to fulfill certain conditions with humankind, as recorded in Scripture. It sets out God's promises and expectations for us in our relationship with Him.

Through covenants, God reveals Himself, shows His power, makes known His will, and pours out grace upon us.

Abrahamic Covenant

God called Abraham to a special relationship in which He promised to make of him a great nation (Genesis 12:1-3). He also promised that through his descendants, all nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:2-3).

This promise was known as the Abrahamic covenant, which God renewed and strengthened with Isaac (Genesis 26:3-4) and Jacob (Genesis 28:13-15).

You can trust when God makes a promise – no matter how impossible it may seem – He will keep it. Always.

God Shares His covenant with Abraham

Significance of the Covenant

God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as countless as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore (Genesis 22:17).

Christians believe this promise was intended for all people - not just for Abraham's physical descendants.

This covenant is fulfilled through Jesus Christ, who died to save humankind (John 3:16-17). Because of this, all those who accept Jesus into their hearts become spiritual heirs of God's covenant with Abraham - receiving forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and inheritance of salvation (Romans 8:16-17).

We can trust in the promises of our heavenly Father because His word is sure, and He never fails or forsakes us (Hebrews 10:23).

Unconditional Covenant

What is an unconditional covenant?

An unconditional covenant means that God has promised to keep His promises no matter what.

With the Abrahamic Covenant, this means that even if Abraham makes mistakes or doesn’t follow God’s instructions, God will still keep His promise to bless Abraham and his offspring.

To Christians, this means that despite our failings, God is faithful and will keep His promises.

God destroys Sodom

Summary of Promises

God promised the Israelites that He would be their God and they would be His people. He promised them a land of their own, a lineage of descendants, and prosperity.

We Christians are part of this covenant through faith in Jesus Christ. We are now God’s people, adopted into His family, and have an eternal inheritance with Him. We can trust God to keep His promises, just as He kept His promises to the Israelites.


By making the Abrahamic covenant, God created a way to save humankind and provided a common thread unifying Scripture.

This covenant serves as an assurance of God’s love and promises to His people. Throughout biblical history, we can see how this covenant has been fulfilled in various ways—from the exodus to Jesus’ resurrection.

Despite our struggles and imperfections, God continuously seeks to bring us into a relationship with Him through this covenant.

May we always remember His care and kindness for us.

Matt LaClear
Matt LaClear