Abrahamic Covenant

Promises of the Abrahamic Covenant

Abraham 1:18-19

“I will take thee, to put upon thee my name, even the Priesthood”

“Through thy ministry my name shall be known in the earth forever”

Abraham 2:6, 9, 11

“A strange land … I will give unto thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.”

“I will … make thy name great among all nations”

“This right [of the priesthood] shall continue in thee, and in thy seed”

Genesis 12:2-3, 5, 7

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

“… and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came….”

“And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land.”

Genesis 13:12, 14–15

“Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan….”

“And the Lord said unto Abram, …”

“Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.”

Genesis 15:1, 18

“I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward”

“In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.”

Genesis 17:4, 6, 8

“Thou shalt be a father of many nations”

“Kings shall come out of 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 18:19

“He [Abraham] will command his children … and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment”

Genesis 22:17

“Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies”

Abraham 3:14

“I will multiply thee, and thy seed after thee, … and if thou canst count the number of sands, so shall be the number of thy seeds”

Abraham 2:9, 11

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee above measure, and make thy name great among all nations, and thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee, that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations;

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that cursethee; and in thee (that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is,thy Priesthood), for I give unto thee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literalseed, or the seed of the body) shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.

Abrahamic Covenant and Celestial Marriage

Bruce R. McConkie (Quorum of the Twelve)

The crowning blessings of the gospel are received in temples…. It is in these holy houses that faithful couples enter into the ordinance of celestial marriage through which they become parties to the Abrahamic covenant, the covenant of eternal increase, the covenant that in them and in their seed all generations shall be blessed. 1

Bruce Satterfield (BYU-Idaho Religion Faculty)

When a man and woman marry for time and all eternity, the sealer seals upon them all the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These blessings are outlined in Abraham 2:6-11. From these verses we can synthesize the promises given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The promises can be categorized into three general areas. Each category has promises that are to be fulfilled both in mortality and eternity. The following chart lists the categories of promises with both the mortal and eternal promises.

  1. A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p.539
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