Abraham made covenants with God when he received the gospel, when he was ordained a high priest, and when he entered into celestial marriage. In these covenants, God promised great blessings to Abraham and his family. These blessings, which extend to all of Abraham's seed, are called the Abrahamic covenant.
Among the promises made to Abraham were the following:
- His posterity would be numerous (see Genesis 17:5-6; Abraham 2:9; 3:14).
- His seed, or descendants, would receive the gospel and bear the priesthood (see Abraham 2:9).
- Through the ministry of his seed, “all the families of the earth [would] be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal” (Abraham 2:11).
A person can receive all the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant—even if he or she is not a literal descendant of Abraham—by obeying the laws and ordinances of the gospel (see Galatians 3:26-29; 4:1-7; D&C 84:33-40).
See also Covenant; Eternal Life; Ordinances; Patriarchal Blessings; Priesthood
—See True to the Faith (2004), 5-6
From a Church Educational System fireside address given at Brigham Young University on 7 September 1997. Scriptures given to both ancient and modern Israel speak of the strength of the Lord’s hand in their deliverance.
Through his covenant with Abraham, the Lord has promised to bless all the faithful with truth, priesthood ordinances, exaltation, and eternal increase.
The Book of Mormon teaches that sacred covenants point the way back to our Father in Heaven’s presence.
We are heirs to the gospel and the priesthood because of the covenant God made with Abraham.