The Land of the Everlasting Covenant
“And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:6-8 (KJV)
This “Everlasting Covenant” is unconditional, and as such was made by God which only God can keep. According to the MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY, “The continuance of the covenant, [is] intimated in three things: 1. ‘It is established; not to be altared nor revoked…’, 2. ‘It is entailed; it is a covenant, not with Abraham only (then it would die with him), but with his seed after him, not only his seed after the flesh, but his spiritual seed.’ 3. ‘It is everlasting in the evangelical sense and meaning of it. The covenant of grace is everlasting…”
Abraham was to only cut away the flesh. Since God gave the covenant He also gave the desire and strength to ‘put away’ the selfish desires of the flesh. The effect of baptism is of a ‘clean conscience with God’ (1 Peter 3:21 – “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth aslo now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
The land of Canaan is not just Israel’s possession for the Biblical period, but also for an “Everlasting possession”. There is much fleshy attempts to persuade the present day Israel to surrender the portions of the land which God has declared to be theirs. Do not surrender that land to the USA, the United Nations, the Palestinians, or anyone. It really belongs to God who has given it to Israel. However, if they do give it up; it will be returned to them; and they shall know that He is the LORD.
This early promise to Abraham is still for Israel today. Though, no longer strangers in the land, God will not break His covenant with Abraham.
-by Tim A. Blankenship