Gal 3:17 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void.
"Paul corrected the Galatians, who were requiring that members of the New covenant
community identify themselves ceremonially as members of the Sinai covenant community.
Paul effected this correction by placing the Sinai covenant in its own covenant-historical context,
as a partial fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant that would eventually yield to its entire fulfillment in the New covenant. To do so, he established the historical priority of the
Abrahamic covenant over the Sinai,
and he indicated several of the differences between those covenants, in which cases the New covenant is similar to the Abrahamic covenant and dissimilar to the Sinai covenant."
Abraham and Sinai Contrasted in Galatians 3:6-14
T. David Gordon
The Covenant that God made with Abraham was a continuation of a covenant he made with Adam and continues in several other covenants ending with the New Covenant the fulfillment of the promise made to Adam (Genesis 3:15) a Redeemer who would “bruise the head” of the serpent.
1Jn 3:8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
Rev 20:10 and the devil who had deceived them
was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever
The God of the Bible relates to his creatures covenantally from eternity.( the beginning included)
Gen 1:1 In the beginning
, God created the heavens and the earth.
Rev 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away
, and the sea was no more.
If this is not the one in Genesis 1 then as has been pointed out before..."No covenant for salvation before Moses?"
Mat 23:34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,
Mat 23:35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah,
whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
"it was all the righteous blood shed since the very beginning of "the earth". You cannot read earth here other than covenantally. (And in fact, "righteous blood" could only be used in a covenant context, as outside of covenant relationship with God, righteousness, which is only by faith, does not exist.
) And this covenantal earth was already in existence when Abel's blood was shed. Long before Sinai. And it is simply not possible to divide Israel's history into multiple "heavens and earths".
"Furthermore, I remain perplexed whenever people speak of the "old covenant" as exclusive to the Mosaic economy, because it seems to leave believers who lived before Moses outside of redemption. Paul is clear sin was in the world, and death came as a result....and the law was added because of transgression. The law of Moses simply magnified what was already standing in the way of presence with God. It wasn't the beginning of God's covenant relatonship with His people, it was a "recapitulation" of what was established in the beginning (ie, the creation of the heavens and the earth.)"
Hal much clearer could it be:)