His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

2 Peter 1: 3, 4

 

God is a maker of promises. He is also one who keeps them, all of them and all of the time. The Lord is completely faithful and absolutely trustworthy. This is my opinion that is based upon God’s involvement with and in my life over its entire course, and this is also the understanding of God that has been held by thousands upon thousands of other witnesses throughout history. We have experienced the presence of God in our world and in our own stories, and this real life involvement with us has been the singular thing that changed us for the good and that positively and permanently altered the direction and the nature of the lives that we lived. Yet, these promises that God makes are interesting in themselves.

 

God has made a significant number of rather specific promises regarding the way that He will engage with us and about the nature or the quality that life will hold when we follow the Lord and obey His will. However, I think that we are mistaken when we place too much emphasis and importance on gaining specific benefits from believing in God’s promises and through seeking after certain specific blessings from Him. Thus, I think that what matters most in all of this is the promise that God has made regarding His authority, nature, and character. Christ is Lord over this world, and He alone has the authority to rule it and all of its people. It is Christ’s blood that saves us from the living and the eternal death that our sinfulness has condemned us to, and Christ goes before the Father to present and to proclaim the righteousness that we have obtained by and through Him. So, the greatest promise of all and the one from which all others operate is the Gospel message of Christ’s lordship and the salvation that is ours through faith in Him alone.

 

God did not need to provide us with this assurance and certainty. This was the Lord’s gift o His creation. In setting out this commitment to us, God took us in to life within His kingdom come upon this earth and provided us with a dwelling place in its halls of glory. This is an act of trust and great mercy on the part of the Lord, for there is no other place in this world wherein a person can find love, truth, and righteousness that are pure and unmodified by the desires and the wishes of people. As we come to dwell within the borders of God’s grace, we are also given great responsibilities to carry forth. God’s promises are relational in nature, and they are intended to bring us into an ever-deepening understanding and connection with our Lord. In so doing, we are sent into our world to be people who live out the character and the nature of God in our own lives. We are to be faithful and trustworthy workers who operate out of the same love and grace that saved us in all that we do. This new and transformed life of purpose and commitment is the outworking of God’s greatest promise by which His love has been poured out upon us.

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