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God's Promises (2)
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Last week we began looking at some of the promises of God. Peter called them “exceeding great and precious promises” (II Pet. 1:1-4). Among those promises God has promised to save those who obey Him; He has promised to supply all of our needs; and He has promised us victory over death. Let’s look at three more of His promises that we can always rely on because what He promises, He is well able to deliver (Rom. 4:17-21).
God has promised that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Notice that this promise is not for everybody; it is only for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. Simply stated, this promise is for the Christian only. In the context the “all things” that work together for the good of the Christian include God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, prayer, and hope. But the statement is also true that God, under any circumstances, will work things out for our good. Man does not always know what is best, but we can rest assured that God does.
God has promised to never leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). This means that He will be there for us when we are tempted, providing “a way of escape that ye may be able to bear it” (I Cor. 10:13). He is there when we are in need. Because we have Jesus as our high priest, one who can be “touched with the feelings of our infirmities” we can “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:13-16). He is there to answer our prayers (I Pet. 3:12; I John 3:22; 5:14-15). He is there to help keep us clean. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7). When we fall, He is there to forgive our sins. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Isn’t it great to know that God and His Son can always be counted on. We can rest in the comfort of knowing that they will never leave us nor forsake us in time of trouble and time of need.
God has promised his faithful people eternal life. Jesus is preparing “mansions” for us (John 14:1ff). Jesus is the “good shepherd” who “giveth His life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Listen to His wonderful promise: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). John says, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2). A passage that most people know is, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10b).
Like Abraham, we are fully convinced that what God has promised He is able to perform (Rev. 4:17-21). God even challenged the people of Malachi’s day to put Him to the test (Mal. 3:10). So, “let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for He is faithful that promised)” (Heb. 10:23). Are you standing on the promises of God?
Paul M. Wilmoth