“Get out of your country, from your kindred and from your father’s
house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a bless-
ing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who
curses you, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
“And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him,
‘Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are-
northward, southward, eastward and westward; for all the which
you see I will give to your descendants (seeds) forever.”
“In your seed (singular) all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
because you have obeyed my voice.”
“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does
not say, ‘And to seeds’, as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your seed”,
who is Christ.”
“For if the inheritance is of law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave
it to Abraham by promise.”
“And this I say, that the law, which was given four hundred and thirty
years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before God
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear
by no one greater, He swore by Himself…………Thus God, determining
to show more abundantly to the heirs (seeds) of promise the immuta-
bility of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable
things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before
Recently, in response to one of my weekly devotionals, an individual claiming to be Christian accused me of deception, of misleading the people of God and warned me that Jesus was going to judge me for these things. He thus presented himself, very proudly I might add, as my prosecutor, judge and jury. He pressed the case, judged the case and gave his verdict. For him the modern state of Israel is an accident of history, is antichrist and guilty of apartheid.
He states these things as a Christian and all because at the root of it all he subscribes to Replacement Theology which considers the Abrahamic Covenant to be either abolished or adjusted. The result of this re-arrangement of the Abrahamic Covenant is that the modern day restoration of Israel enjoys no biblical significance. It is, as I stated above, a mere accident of history and indeed an immoral one. But is this true? Of course not as it is all based on the false exegesis of scripture.
The passage of scripture this person used to bolster his claims was that found in Galatians 3 where Paul, commenting on the covenant that God made with Abraham, stated that the promises of God were not made to many but to one proved by the use of the word seed as in singular (one person) and not seed in the use of many. So, for this person this proves that the covenant has now been adjusted or indeed abolished as it is all fulfilled in the person of Jesus. Jews therefore no longer have a claim then to the land of Canaan.
The truth is, Paul is not here adjusting anything and he is certainly not addressing the land issue of the Abrahamic Covenant at all. Actually he is addressing the contentious issue that arose in his time between law and grace. That is, are we saved by the keeping the law or by the grace of God brought to us by virtue of Christ’s death on the cross? This is the only context of the passage in question. He is in fact just stating what the Abrahamic Covenant stated in its original form and thereby demonstrating that the covenant in its original form promised that salvation would come through the nation of Israel in the form of a seed, a single seed. It will be by this seed that all peoples, Jew or Gentile, would be saved. This promise Paul says was given 430 years before God gave the law to Moses and he then reinforces the immutability of the Abrahamic Covenant by staying that it can never be annulled in its original form. In other words the law of Moses has not replaced it.
It is this Covenant that not only promises the coming of a “Seed Savior” but which also bequeaths the land of Israel to the Jewish people (the seeds as in plural) as an everlasting possession and which promises a blessing and a curse depending on how people or nations respond to it. It is one Covenant with a number of components and Paul is only appealing to one of these components to prove his point; namely that salvation will not come to the world by the keeping of the law but in fact by exercising faith in the redemptive work of the “Seed”. The subject of Galatians 3 is that only of law and grace and Paul’s punch line is, “The law is our teacher to bring us to Christ” (3:24) since by hanging on a tree He became a curse for us. The law Is not not our savior but the way to the Savior (the seed) as it convicts us of our sin (Romans:3:20).
Here Paul is actually upholding the veracity of the Abrahamic Covenant not disavowing it. Hebrews 6 asserts that God will remain faithful to the Abrahamic Covenant because it is ratified by His word and character, two immutable things by which it is impossible for God to lie. My detractor is indeed challenging God’s immutability and thereby accusing Him of lying. For him God is actually not faithful to His covenant with Abraham and therefore does mean what He says!
The Abrahamic Covenant is both conditional and unconditional in that it was conditional only upon Abraham’s obedience. Genesis 22, dealing with the “binding of Isaac”, demonstrated Abraham’s faithfulness and obedience to God resulting in the promise that a “seed” would come through the nation (the seeds) who would bless the world with salvation. There is no adjustment here to any part of the Covenant as this promise is made in its original form and therefore it is a part of the whole. This “whole” vouches for the fact that the land of Canaan is the everlasting possession of the Jewish people. The Covenant, according to Paul, will never be annulled, not in whole or in part, and therefore the modern day restoration of Israel to the land of Canaan is evidence of God’s faithfulness to it. Just as Israel’s restoration to the land after the Babylonian exile also was.
This is no different to a binding contract made today in that these have many clauses or components to them and sometimes one or two of these have to be defended to ensure compliance with the whole contract. Paul in Galatians 3 is doing only and just that, nothing and more and nothing less.
This is the truth of God’s word and it is the truth that many of God’s great servants believed on and acted upon including the first century church leaders, John and Charles Wesley, the Puritans, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Bishop Ryle of Liverpool, Derek Prince, Jack Hayford, Franklin Graham and presently the world’s greatest expositor of the Bible, David Pawson. This is just a very small selection of well known and proven teachers of God’s holy word who support the biblical position I have set forth above. I will be most happy, as my detractor has asserted, to be scrutinized with the Wesleys and Charles Spurgeon on that great day when Jesus comes again.
As a biblical Christian Zionist I want to encourage all of you not to be deterred by those who assert that God has no destiny for the Jewish people in the land of Canaan. They are wrong and will be proved to be wrong as they have no biblical grounds for their assertions. Least of all any support for them from Galatians 3. Finally, the Bible teaches that when the Messiah comes again in great power and glory to the Mount of Olives He will do so to defend His people Israel and a Jewish Jerusalem. I pray, please tell me why He would defend, what some assert to be, a political accident!
Most of all dear friends, God’s faithfulness to every part of the Abrahamic Covenant is held up before us by the writer of the book of Hebrews as undeniable proof that the God of the Bible does keep His promises and especially all those made to us in the New Covenant. You can trust His word because He does not lie!