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The Promises of God

August 30, 2014

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The Promises  of God

God’s word  to us  in the Bible  is filled  with  “promises”.     Many of these  “promises”  are about  our Savior  and what salvation means  for God’s children  —  those who have faith  in Jesus.     But,  there are also many  “promises”  of God’s eternal judgment  of unbelievers.     Many choose  to forget about  “promises”  of judgment.     Nevertheless,  we all need  to take both kinds  of “promises”  very seriously,  because God surely keeps all  of His  “promises”.

When Paul wanted  to reassure  the Corinthian Christians  about the surety  of all  of God’s promises  to them,  he wrote  in 2 Corinthians 1:18-20,

But as God is faithful,  our word  to you  is not  yes and no.     For the Son  of God,  Christ Jesus,  who was preached among you  by us  —  by me  and Silvanus  and Timothy  —  was not yes  and no,  but is yes  in Him.

For as many  as are  the promises  of Godin Him  they are yes;  therefore also  through Him  is our Amen  to the glory  of God  through us.

When Paul,  Silvanus,  and Timothy preached,  they never said  that God’s promises  might sometimes  be trusted,  and at other times  might not  be valid,  and at other times  might be true  if a person worked hard enough  to earn  God’s approval.     The preaching  of the true gospel  is never wishy-washy  —  or an “iffy” thing.     Rather,  “God is faithful”  in absolutely everything  He says.     God’s word  is totally trustworthy.

That is why Paul wrote,  “through Him  is our Amen  to the glory  of God”.     It is because  of Jesus  that we can be assured  of God’s grace,  forgiveness,  and love.     We can know  that whatever God allows  in our lives  will be for our good  in the end.     It is a trustworthy statement in Romans 8:28,

We know  that God causes  all things  to work together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those  who are called  according  to His purpose.

We don’t have  to go around carrying a burden  of guilt,  because God  has repeatedly proclaimed  full  and immediate forgiveness  to all  who turn  to Jesus and ask  for forgiveness.     And, we don’t have to imagine  that God has left us  in our trials,  because 1 Peter 1-3-7 promises,

Blessed be the God  and Father  of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who according to His great mercy  has caused us  to be born again  to a living hope  through the resurrection  of Jesus Christ  from the dead,  to obtain an inheritance  which is imperishable  and undefiled  and will not fade away,  reserved  in heaven  for you,  who are protected  by the power  of God  through faith  for a salvation ready  to be revealed  in the last time.

In this  you greatly rejoice,  even though now  for a little while,  if necessary,  you have been distressed  by various trials,  so that the proof  of your faith,  being more precious than gold  which is perishable,  even though tested  by fire,  may be found  to result  in praise  and glory  and honor  at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

There are a lot of sure promises  in this passage  that we should apply  to our own lives  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for proving  that You keep  all Your promises  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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