January 29, 2012

His Precious and Magnificent Promises – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

When we understand that it is impossible for God to lie (Heb.6:18) God’s promises are especially encouraging. The apostle Peter said, “…He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust,” (II Peter 1:4).

Unfortunately, many of today’s popular “feel good” preachers assure virtually everyone that God’s promises are certainly theirs, especially if they send money. It is not popular to remind people that some of God’s promises are conditional. For example, remission of sins is conditioned on obedience (Acts 2:38).

There are some promises that are absolute and unconditional. The awesome destruction of the world by a flood proves that God will certainly judge those who do not meet His conditions (II Peter 3:3-6), but God promises unconditionally that He will never again accomplish this by a universal flood.

“…I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done,” Genesis 8:21.

Nevertheless, God has promised a future judgment, a destruction of the world and the fact that it seems like a long time since He made that promise, is not to be interpreted as an indication that the promise will not be kept. Peter responded to some who thought like this. “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,  4 and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’” II Peter 3:3-4. Peter explained that what seems like a long time to us, is not evaluated the same way by God, then he reaffirmed God’s unconditional promise.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.” II Peter 3:10. In spite of such a disturbing divine promise, Christians do not fear because of another promise. Christ will return to save us.

“And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10-11.

In spite of the fact that our hearts are saddened by the loss of loved ones by death, we are encouraged by God’s promise that death is temporary and will be conquered by a general resurrection of everyone.

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” I Corinthians 15:22.

“…an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” John 5:28-29.

God has promised. We can rest assured that it is true. God will judge sin. The flood demonstrated this fact. Now, He promises to judge this wicked world by fire. We cannot escape. We are all guilty. Eternal judgment is promised. The only solution is Jesus whom we are promised will return to save us. We are promised salvation, and eternal bliss but, as we have seen, this promise is conditional. “His precious and magnificent promises,” will be received by those who obey Him. “…He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,” Hebrews 5:9. Therefore, those who have and are obeying can confidently stand on His promises of grace and blessings, now and forever more because God has promised.

 

judge sin. The flood demonstrated this fact. Now, He promises to judge this wicked world by fire. We cannot escape. We are all guilty. Eternal judgment is promised. The only solution is Jesus whom we are promised will return to save us. We are promised salvation, and eternal bliss but, as we have seen, this promise is conditional. “His precious and magnificent promises,” will be received by those who obey Him. “…He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,” Hebrews 5:9. Therefore, those who have and are obeying can confidently stand on His promises of grace and blessings, now and forever more because God has promised.

 

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