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y In the New Testament and in the Old, it was only through faith in the Messiah that anyone could become a true child of Abraham and enter into right relationship with God (Galatians 3:7–9). y Before Jesus arrived on earth, faithful Israelites—as well as some who weren’t Israelites at all—trusted in Jesus by looking expectantly for the Messiah who was yet to come (Hebrews 11:13, 39–40). y Because persons in every age have been saved only through faith in Jesus as their Lord and Messiah, one single covenant of divine grace stretches from the promise of the Messiah in Eden (Genesis 3:15) to the triumph of the Messiah at the end of time (Revelation 20:6–10).

HEBREWS 11:39–40

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

y The purpose of Israel was to prepare the way for the Messiah’s coming and to provide a people through whom God could display his glory. y From a covenantal perspective, God’s purpose when he chose Abraham was for the descendants of Abraham to be the people through whom Jesus came into the world. y Even then, God intended his promises to Abraham and to the Israelites to find their fulfillment in Jesus. The Old Testament tells the story of how God preserved the descendants of Abraham so that he could reveal himself to the world through Jesus. When it comes to how God fulfills his promises of land © Natalia Rex and blessings, covenantal theologians take a variety of viewpoints—and none of these viewpoints excludes the others. Here are three common covenantal views on how God keeps his 59

Rose Guide to End Times Prophecies - Selected Sample Pages  
Rose Guide to End Times Prophecies - Selected Sample Pages  

Selected Sample Pages from the NEW Rose Guide to End Times Prophecy by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, Associate Professor, Southern Baptist Theolog...