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When Abraham and Jesus Met

When Abraham Met Jesus


Where does the Bible say that Jesus and Abraham knew each other personally?


On what Old Testament evidence did Jesus base His statement found in John :56?
Your father Abraham rejoiced at he thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.


As usual, to find answers to many Old Testament questions, we must use the New Testament as the lens through which to look. After all, Jesus, who claimed to be one with the Father, was the real Author of Scripture. Moses and the prophets merely wrote what was revealed to them by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21.


Let's look at this question from another angle. Abraham's main contribution to Scripture and to the Christ-centered faith is that it was to him that God delivered the New Covenant of Righteousness by Faith. Galatians 3:6-9. Genesis 15:6. John 8:56. Was Jesus there at the presentation?


Where in the Bible is there any record that Jesus co-authored, or was present when Abraham received the Everlasting Covenant of righteousness by faith from God?


Clue: Hebrews 9:16,17, explains the nature of the New, or Everlasting Covenant, that God had presented to Abraham by comparing it to a human last will and testament. We read:


In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,
because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.


This statement tells us that the covenant of righteousness by faith that God gave to Abraham, could not come into effect until its Author had died. Does this mean that God the Father had to die before that covenant came into effect? No one would try to make that point! Who died then? Who was its Author?


In Galatians 3:20 we read in the Amplified as follows:
Now a go-between (intermediary) has to do with and implies more than one
party - there can be no mediator with just one person. Yet God is [only] one person - and He was the sole party [in giving that promise to Abraham...].


The Scriptures are clear. If Jesus was not part of the one God, and was not party to the giving of that covenant, He could not be our Mediator, because the Author of the covenant had to die before it could take effect. Yet we know that Jesus sealed that covenant with His blood on the cross.
This tells us three things:


1. Jesus and the Father are one God. He himself declared that
I and the Father are one. John 10:30.


He also explained the mystery of the unity of the Godhead to His disciples in John 14, verses 6 to 11. We quote in part:
If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you know him and have seen him. Philip said, "Lord show us the Father and that will be enough for us." Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father...Don't you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me?...Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me".


In human terms, such a unity is beyond explanation. In John 8:58 Jesus said,
"Before Abraham was born, I AM." Was this the same I AM who later met Moses at the burning bush? See Exodus 3:14. Isn't Jesus the revelation of the Father to the world?


2. Jesus was God who, with the Father, gave the covenant of Righteousness by Faith to Abraham. How could that be? Let us not try to dissect and reduce the Godhead to our level. Divinity is not limited to the physical laws that govern our human existence! God is God! He is above physical law!


There is only one place in the Bible that specifically tells us where and when Jesus, as our Mediator, participated in the making of the Covenant of Righteousness by faith that Abraham received. Let us read Genesis 15:17.
When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking fire pot with a
blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces (of Abraham's sacrifice).


Why the two symbols? Who did the smoking "fire pot" or "smoking furnace", as the King James puts it, represent? And whom did the "blazing torch" represent? We remember the story of the giving of the covenant of faith to Abraham, as recorded in the 15th chapter of Genesis.


For a long time Abraham waited for the fulfillment of God's promise that he would have an heir through whose lineage the Savior for the world would come. After waiting until Abram (Abraham) thought he was too old to have a son, God renewed the promise to him, and told him to get ready because He would formalize a covenant with him. Even though from a natural point of view such a thing seemed impossible,
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6.


According to instructions, Abram prepared the required sacrifice, laid the pieces out on the ground in traditional style, and expected the Lord to appear for the cutting of the covenant. Nothing happened. God simply did not appear. All day long Abram fought off the hungry vultures that smelled the meat. The enemy was trying to steal his offering. Abram fought off the attack until his strength was exhausted, and
As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful
darkness came over him. Genesis 15:12.


Then, while Abram was immobilized by the divine presence, God renewed his promise, and sealed it as the two symbols representing Deity passed between the pieces. What was the meaning of the smoking furnace and the blazing torch? Those two symbols represented two Beings, who together made covenant based on Christ's righteousness, and then presented it to Abram as a completed contract. When Abram awoke, he discovered that God the Father, representing the Godhead, had completed a covenant with God the Son who had taken on the role of Mediator for the fallen human race. Abram was not required to do anything. He had no part in formulating that agreement. All he did was to believe that God (Jesus Christ) had assumed full responsibility for man's salvation, and on that basis Abraham was declared righteous.


Because this covenant was made by the Father, represented by the smoking furnace, and by the Son, represented by the flaming torch (the light of the world, John 1:9), it would stand to the end of time.


Identifying the smoking furnace, (Genesis 15:17) with God the Father is a subject that we study in conjunction with the giving of the Sinai Covenant, where we read that the mountain smoked like a furnace, but in that instance there was no mention of the burning lamp. Israel had chosen Moses, a human mediator instead. See Exodus 19:18. This subject is covered fully in our book Abraham - Messenger to the 21st century.


3. The key - No death, no covenant. Hebrews 9:16,17.


For where there is a [last] will and testament involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will and testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force or legal power as long as the one who made it is alive. (Amp).


By endorsing the New (Abrahamic) Covenant with His own blood, Jesus opened the door so that all people of all nations may approach the Creator on equal footing. Hebrews 4:16. Jesus is the one Door to the Kingdom of God and it is only by virtue of His sacrifice that we may enter into the Father's kingdom. Any religion that consciously rejects Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah, denies both Him and the Father according to John 15:23. According to texts such as this, people who reject Christ as the Redeemer, do not worship the God of Abraham. The Father and the Son cannot be separated!


Genesis 15:12-17 is the irrefutable record that Jesus, Light of the world, co-authored the New Covenant of Faith with the Father, and presented it to Abraham. Abraham is the human witness (preserved in recorded Scripture) that the Everlasting Covenant was authored by Jesus.


Today all people, whether Jew or non-Jew, may gain access to the kingdom of God by virtue of the Abrahamic Covenant of grace which Jesus endorsed. The modern idea that some people have been excused from the Messianic (New) Covenant which Christ sealed with His blood, and that they must continue the impossible struggle of trying to meet the perfection demanded under the Sinai Covenant, has no foundation in Holy Writ. Jesus said that people who reject Him, reject God the Father. Those who receive Him, receive the Father also. John 15:23.


The apostle John said that, Any religion that rejects Jesus and the Covenant of faith that He endorsed with His blood, is the religion of antichrist. 1John 2:22,23.


It is evident from Scripture that Jesus Christ, the I AM of Scripture, co-authored the Abrahamic Covenant of faith. In human form, He met all its conditions. He defeated the devil. He removed all racial barriers. Ephesians 2: 14-18. There is only one Door into God's kingdom - Jesus Christ our Lord! Acts 4:12. Just as Jesus and the Father are one, so in Christ we are all meant to be one family!


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