GOD'S Promises for YOU

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GOD'S Promises for YOU

GOD’S PROMISES FOR YOU

God's Promises for YOU

What do we need to be saved from?

Sin and its final result: eternal death.

The intention and benefit to us of God’s Promises

2 Peter 1:4

God’s power and goodness has “given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Hence our salvation depends on these promises.

The importance to us of God’s Promises

Having an understanding of God’s promises affects:

1.     Our attitude to the Old Testament.

2.     Our belief about life after death.

3.     Our understanding about the place and timing of reward for faithful people.

4.     Our appreciation of the future role of Jesus Christ.

5.     Our understanding of God’s ultimate plan for this earth.

So, understanding and believing in the promises of God has profound and positive effect upon the whole structure of our religious faith.

WHY WE CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S PROMISES

So many of God’s promises have already been fulfilled.  Details of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection were accurately predicted in the Old Testament.  They confirm the Divine Truth of the Bible.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE FOCUS OF GOD’S PROMISES

Acts 13:32-33

God has confirmed the good news of His promises “made to the fathers” by raising Jesus from the dead.

Romans 15:8-9

Jesus has confirmed the “promises made to the fathers” for the benefit of Gentiles as well as Jews.

2Corinthians 1:19-20

“For all the promises of God in him (Jesus) are Yes, and in him Amen…”

1.     GOD’S PROMISES IN EDEN

Genesis 3:15

The seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent, and in the process he himself would be brused in the heel.  This foreshadowed the mission of Jesus Christ, a very special “seed of the woman”, who would deal sin and death a mortal blow, and so reverse the process begun in Eden.  This would not be without cost to himself.

2.     GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM

Genesis 12:1-3 & 7

Genesis 12:14-17

Genesis 15:1-7

Note: Abram’s belief was counted for righteousness (Gen 15:6)

Genesis 15:13 and 18

Genesis 17:1-8

Note: Abram’s name was changed in Gen 17:5 to “Abraham” (father of many nations). His personal possession of the land will be everlasting Gen 17:8.

Genesis 22:15-18

Note: The promise was confirmed with an oath. A singular seed in Gen 22:17 (the AV, RV and ESV translations are correct: other versions are incorrectly pluralise it).

  1. All nations will be blessed in Abraham and his seed.
  2. Abraham and his seed are to possess the land for ever.
  3. Abraham is to be the father of an innumerable seed.
  4. Abraham is to be the father of a singular seed who will conquer all enemies.

ABRAHAM – AN IMPORTANT NEW TESTAMENT FIGURE

Abraham is mentioned in the New Testament no less than 74 times – a good deal more than most of the apostles.

Hebrews 6:12-19

The unchangeableness of God’s word was confirmed by His promise being combined with His oath (Genesis 11:16)

Hebrews 11:8,9,13

Abraham died in faith without receiving the promises but saw them “afar off”.  See also Acts 7:4-5

Hebrews 11:39,40

All the Old Testament worthies mentioned in this chapter died in faith without receiving the promises “that they should not be made perfect apart from us”.

Romans 4:1-3

Abraham’s belief was counted by God as righteousness.

Romans 4:13,16

The benefit of the promises is for all who share Abraham’s faith.

Romans 4:20-25

Abraham took God at His word (understanding that resurrection would need to precede his reward).  God will regard us as righteous, as He did Abraham, if we believe in Him as the one who raised Christ from death.

Galatians 3:6-9

Those who have the faith of Abraham will share his reward.

Galatians 3:14,22

The blessing of Abraham extends to all (Jew or Gentile) who believe in Christ.

Galatians 3:16,17

The singular seed (Genesis 22:17) is Christ. The promises were not superseded by the law of Moses that came 430 years later.

Galatians 3:26-29

“27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Those who are baptised into Christ become Abraham’s seed and heirs of the promises.

3.     GOD’S PROMISE TO KING DAVID

2 Samuel 7:11-16 and 1 Chronicles 17:11-15

David’s seed will:

  1. Be the Son of God.
  2. Build a house for God’s name.
  3. Reign for ever from David’s throne (Luke 1:30-33)
  4. David himself will witness these events.

NOW ALL THESE PROMISES HAVE BEEN MADE TO YOU TOO!  YOU CAN BE A PART OF THESE PROMISES BY BELIEF, FAITH AND OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND SERVICE TO CHRIST.  BY BAPTISM WE BECOME ASSOCIATED WITH ALL THESE PROMISES:

1. THE PROMISE OF LIFE WHEN DEATH / MORTALITY WAS BROUGHT INTO THE WORLD BY THE SIN OF ADAM AND EVE.  CHRIST HAS OPENED THE WAY TO FORGIVENESS AND LIFE ETERNAL.  Romans 5:17-18

“17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

2. THE PROMISE OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL AS AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION, THE HOPE OF RESURRECTION TO OBTAIN THIS PROMISE AND A PLACE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH.  Galatians 3:27-29

“27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

3. THE PROMISE OF DIVINE RULE WITH THE THRONE OF DAVID ESTABLISHED FOREVER WITH A RULE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY FOR ALL.  Luke 3:30-33

“31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

Isaiah 11:2-9

“2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

 

IF WE DON’T ACCEPT BIBLE TEACHING ABOUT GOD’S PROMISES, WHERE DO WE STAND WITH GOD?

Ephesians 2:12

Estranged from God and His promises and with no hope of salvation.

IF WE DO ACCEPT AND TAKE THE REQUIRED ACTION WHERE DO WE STAND WITH GOD?

Ephesians 2:13; 3:6 

Near to God and partakers of the promises and therefore “heirs of salvation”.

LEARN HERE ABOUT GOD'S PURPOSE WITH THIS EARTH AND THE REAL KINGDOM TO BE ESTABLISHED:

GOD'S PURPOSE WITH THE EARTH