May 7

Promises are one of the great sources of encouragement for the Christian. We find our promises in the Word of God, and when you read the Bible you will see only two types of promises from God: 1) Those that have been fulfilled, and 2) Those yet to be fulfilled.

The great comfort of seeing scores upon scores of fulfilled promises throughout Scripture should encourage you and I that our God does not, will not, and has not ever failed.

Salvation is a promise. God promised before even creating the earth that Jesus would die for our sins. Before the foundation of the world He promised salvation and eternal security for those who are “in Christ”. The proof of His power to fulfill His promises can be seen in Revelation 1:17c-18:

  • “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”

Jesus also states later:

  • “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”—Revelation 22:13

You see, Alpha and Omega constitute the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. Sunday we saw that Jesus is truth (the Hebrew word makes up the first, middle, and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet—which is the seal of God). In Revelation Jesus is telling us that He is more powerful than life on earth (because He is God), and as such, He conquered death and holds power over eternal life and eternal death. His future promises are guaranteed by His fulfillment of past promises, and by His being Lord of even those things.

Now, the danger of an emotionally-based Christianity is that emotions are liars. They are not what you should build your foundation on. Emotions will change and emotions will fail you. In fact, emotions are a great tool used by Satan to confuse, trick, redirect, and disable you. They should always, 100% of the time be subject to the never-changing Word of God.

Petra once sang, “Sometimes we forget salvation ain’t a feeling” (from the song, “Not by Sight”). When times are tough, challenging, stressful, jumbled all up with too many things overloading your bandwidth, you can always rest assured that your salvation is secure, even when you don’t feel saved. Catch that? Even when you don’t feel saved. That’s the power of promise.

And, that promise is not just that you are saved, but that you are kept saved by Jesus Christ. You will persevere because the Holy Spirit is in you and “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world”! (I. John 4:4).

The masses and the Jewish religious establishment rejected Jesus because what He taught didn’t feel good. He emphasized sin and the need for repentance. He emphasized that to follow Him you would be hated and persecuted and run through the wringer. He emphasized the spiritual things that unspiritual people disdain. Then, when virtually everyone had left Him He turned to the Twelve Disciples and asked:

  • “You do not want to go away also, do you?”—John 6:67

To which Peter replied,

  • “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”—John 6:68-69

And, how did these Disciples know that Jesus was the Holy One of God?

  • John 20:31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

The Disciples believed because of the facts—because of the truth! These were the guaranteed fulfillment of Who the Messiah was to be, and Jesus proved Himself to be Him.

I conclude with one observation: If you are trusting in your feelings about Jesus for your salvation, then you are not saved. Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us to trust our feelings about Him or any other truth. Faith is based on the facts of the Word of God (Romans 10:17) because through His Word the Holy Spirit convicts to salvation. Feelings can often be the icing on the cake, but you are not guaranteed to have a life filled with happy feelings, or feelings of security. William Cowper, the great hymn writer, suffered severe depression and feelings of insecurity (including a time when a dream he had led him to believe he was on his way to eternal damnation). But, when kept occupied on the truths of Scripture (and writing them into hymns, partly at the invitation of John Newton), rather than on his feelings, he kept his focus and sanity. Salvation is a fact predicated on God’s promises and is never a feeling.

  1. For Thankful Thursday, what promises of your salvation can you thank God for today? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. How does Jesus keeping your salvation eternally secure give you thankfulness? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
  1. Now, the context of this verse is that Paul is telling the Corinthians that they should be generous in giving their money to the ministry because God was generous giving us Jesus as our gift. But, in terms of our topic of salvation this week, in what ways is Jesus the most awesome gift you could receive, and how many ways can you think to thank God for this gift? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. Now, take time thanking God for all these things you’ve written today, thanking Him for His eternal gift that cost Him more than you will ever understand.

BOOK SUGGESTION: All The Promises of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer

Standing on the Promises   Hymn by Russell Kelso Carter

1 Standing on the promises of Christ my King,

Thro’ eternal ages let His praises ring;

Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,

Standing on the promises of God.

[Refrain]:

Standing, standing,

Standing on the promises of God my Saviour;

Standing, standing,

I’m standing on the promises of God.

 

2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.

[Refrain]

 

3 Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,

Standing on the promises of God.

[Refrain]

 

4 Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,

Resting in my Saviour, as my all in all,

Standing on the promises of God.

[Refrain]