In the previous episodes of the Breaking the Chains series on the epistles to the Galatians. Pastor Harris makes a rather revolutionary claim. He suggested that the Abrahamic covenant, the great agreement described in Genesis 15, is really the New Testament covenant. In other words, he believed that the Abrahamic Covenant was an initiation of the new covenant. This covenant was established on a dark starry night sometime around 1750 BC. But that covenant was not fully finalized until 30AD on a lonely hill outside of Jerusalem at a place called Golgotha. When a young man named Jesus of Nazarath whispered the words, “It is finished.” and everything that began with Abraham was fully accomplished.
The problem had been this: from the initiation of God’s covenant with Abraham until Christ breathed his last breath, people had to look forward to a savior who was yet to come. However when Christ died, he became the ultimate sacrifice for sin and now we, that are under the new covenant, can look back to a completed work.
Pastor Harris knew that this concept would be shocking to some people but he felt he had based everything that he has taught us so far on solid scriptural evidence. He has shown us in God’s word that Christ was personally present when Abraham’s covenant was initiated in Genesis 15. He has shown us how the father and son interacted in the midst of five sacrificial animals. He has also shown us how a comatose Abraham could contribute nothing to this.
Galatians 3:17-25 proves the accuracy of what Pastor Harris has been sharing. The apostle demonstrates to us how God and his son had initiated the Abrahamic covenant some 430 years prior to the giving of the law to Moses on Mt. Sinea. Granted the text of Galatians does not specifically say that God and his son established that covenant, but I would ask this… what covenant could it have been that God established 430 years prior to the exodus if it was not the Abrahamic covenant?
Here is our text, the Apostle Paul will state specifically that no other covenant, not even the Law of Moses replaced or superseded the covenant of Abraham. This is where Pastor Harris will begin his teaching in this episode.