Going through Meredith Kline’s Kingdom Prologue (Overland Park: Two Age Press, 2000), again (and again!) has been a treat. I am once again struck by Kline’s excellent appraisal of God’s gospel promise to Abraham.
“From its opening salvo of divine promises in Genesis 12 the Abrahamic Covenant confronts us with a way to ultimate blessedness that stands in stark contrast to the method which the Babelites of Genesis 11 used to achieve their lofty ambitions. What was sought in Shinar by autonomous human effort – the restoration of cosmic-culture focus and the great name – was bestowed on Abraham as a promissory grant. Babel was man-built, from the accursed ground up towards the heavens. The city promised to Abraham is God-built and descends from the holy heaven to man as the supernatural gift of God’s grace (Heb 11:10, 16; Rev 21.2, 10).”
“Divine promise in the context of redemptive covenant connotes the principle of grace, the opposite of works. Thus, when Paul in his analysis of the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants in Galatians 3 identifies the former as promise (v. 17; cf Eph 2.12), he sets it over against the principle of works (“law,” in v.18) operative in the latter, and says it is received by faith in Jesus Christ (v.22). God’s promise arrangement with Abraham is made synonymous with the gospel of grace (p.294).”
You can still download this manuscript for free – simply google it.