The 7 Promises Of God to
We are all accustomed to promises. We are also accustomed to seeing
them made and broken. Anyone who has lived for a number of years
would certainly never lay claim to having kept every promise made.
There are many reasons why this is true. Sometimes we forget,
sometimes we are negligent, and sometimes it may be due to circumstances
beyond our control.
A brokenhearted young lady will often say, "But he promised
to marry me". And the answer comes back: "Yes, but I
changed my mind". People do change their mind, and they do
break their promises.
What about the promises of God? How certain are they? The Apostle
Paul, in writing about the promises of God to Abraham, addressed
the church at Rome with these words: "For the promise that
he should be heir of the world, was not to Abraham or his seed
through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith . . .
therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end
the promise might be sure to all the seed" (Romans 4:13,
16). God's promise to Abraham was first spelled out in Genesis
Chapter 12. It was repeated in Chapter 22. Verse 18 reads: "And
in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because
thou hast obeyed my voice".
Now a promise is of no more value than is the ability of the one
who makes it to carry through. It also includes willingness to
do so. God did carry through with Abraham. Paul points out in
Galatians 3:16, that it was through Christ God intended to fulfill
the promise to Abraham. Also in Acts 13:32-33, the Apostle says:
"And we declare unto you glad tidings how that the promise
which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto
us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again."
The contour of Jesus' life, while living on earth, was shaped
by his trust in the power of the promises of God. When Jesus said:
"I am that bread of life", John 6:48, "I am the
light of the world", John 8:12, "I am the resurrection
and the life." John 11:25, He did so fully realizing that
He had been empowered with this right by the Father who had promised
to raise Him from the grave. There were more than 500 brethren
at one time who bore witness to the fulfillment of this promise
according to I Corinthians 15:1-6.
What can be said about God's promises
- He has promised to supply every need we have. The Bible says:
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches
in glory by Christ Jesus". That's Phillipians 4:19. Now notice,
God has obligated Himself only to the extent of our needs. That
would include food, clothing, shelter, companionship, love, and
salvation thru Jesus Christ. It would not include the multiplicity
of luxuries that we have come to think of as needs.
- God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II
Corinthians 12:9). in fact, He has made provision for our salvation
by His grace through faith. Read Ephesians 2:8. It is through
an obedient faith that we have access into the grace of God according
to Romans 5:2.
- God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with
temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be
provided. This promise is recorded in I Corinthians 10:13. Jude
wrote: "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present your faultless before the presence of his glory
with exceeding joy" (Jude v 24). Darius, King of the Medes,
said to Daniel, "Thy God whom thou servest continually, he
will deliver thee" (Daniel 6:16). He did deliver Daniel from
the den of lions.
- God has promised us victory over death. He first resurrected
Jesus by way of assuring our resurrection. Peter said: "This
Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses" (Acts
2:32). Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "For I delivered unto
you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died
for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures"
(I Corinthians 15:3,4). Later on he adds: "but thanks be
to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"
(I Corinthians 15:57).
- God has promised that all things work together for good to
those who love and serve Him faithfully (Romans 8:28). It may
be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished
at times, but God has promised it, and He will deliver.
- God has promised that those who believe in Jesus and are baptized
for the forgiveness of sins will be saved. (Read Mark 16:16 and
- God has promised His people eternal life (John 10:27,28).
In closing, let me appeal to you to live so that the promises
of God will be yours.
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