About Gods Promises
How We Should Understand Gods Promises
How are Gods promises like the promises one person makes to another? If one person makes another person a promise, what can the second person do to ensure the first person keeps their promise? Nothing. The person who makes the promise also has the responsibility to keep the promise. Either the person is telling the truth and will keep the promise, or they are telling a lie and will break the promise they made. The same is true with Gods promises. If we decide to take God at his word, and believe what God says, all we can do is trust that God will keep his promises. We must put the burden on God.
Many well-meaning Christians insist that we must obey God’s law. They will tell you that God requires change and that He needs man’s help, man’s works, to keep His promise. These means that they believe Gods promises to be conditional. In fact, Jesus made no conditional promises. All Jesus asked of us was to believe.
The Bible says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18 ESV
As long as you believe, you will have eternal life. This is one of Gods promises.
We Need Not Take Responsibility For Gods Promises
If you understand Gods promises to be conditional, you take on a responsibility that is not yours. Instead, see the truth in what what Jesus has promised. Jesus has fully completed the necessary work for us to be saved. His work is not imperfect or incomplete, nor is it conditional on our actions.
Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:12-13 ESV
Gods Promises And The Covenant
You should not confuse the Old Covenant with the New Covenant. The Old Covenant demanded that man be righteous for God to keep his promises. As soon as man sinned, he was immediately cursed and could not benefit from Gods grace. As we are all sinners, there was no hope of God keeping his promises. Yet Jesus died on the Cross for us so we could so we could become righteous through Christ. This is Gods promise to man. There is nothing we need to do to become righteous.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Rom 10:4
Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Rom 4:25
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:21 ESV
Man was always doomed to fail, but Jesus took this responsibility off our shoulders when he died on the cross.
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. Gal 3:10-14 ESV
When someone promises you something, what is the most important factor for you to believe that the person will ful fill the promise? Of course, it is the integrity of the person making the promise and that person’s ability to fulfill it. God does not lie. God is all powerful.
In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, Titus 1:2 NAS
Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: Isa 42:5 ESV
If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. 2 Tim 2:13 ESV
What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Rom 3:3-4a ESV
For we who have believed enter that rest… Heb 4:3a ESV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 ESV
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is mine, saith the LORD. Isa 54:17 KJV
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies (makes righteous). Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Rom 8:33-34 ESV
There is no one of greater character and of greater integrity than the one making these promises. God is love. He is all powerful. Give the responsibility for keeping Gods promises back to God and be at peace Jesus Christ our savior.