Precious Promises


According to Merriam-Webster, a promise is a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future. Another definition more aptly defines a promise as a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.

We all have made promises, and unfortunately, we all have broken promises. There isn’t anything more deflating than when some one breaks a promise. When I married my wife, I promised to love her like Christ loves the church. Needless to say, had she a dollar for the times that I have broken that promise, she would be a very rich woman; yet, she has remained committed to me. For that, I love her more and more. Like me, I am sure you treasure Precious Promises.

In contrast to us, God does not break promises. Numbers 23:19 “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Psalm 89:34 “I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.” Despite our breach of promises, God sees believers as righteous for the sake of His covenant promises. As a consequence, God provides us forgiveness (Gen. 17:2). His goal is to make a people for Himself through His Precious Promises.

We tend to think of promises as a means to get something we want, but God has a different spin on His promises. 2 Peter 1:3-4 tells us “3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” God’s purpose for Precious Promises is to make us godly – to be like Him. We are to be conformed to the likeness of His Son not to get what we want.

To become who God wants us to be, we have certainty that what we ask for we will receive. “18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:18-22

Through God’s Precious Promises, all believers have received the Holy Spirit and are sons of God (John 1:12Rom. 8:9–21). As such they are being conformed to the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29) and the image of God in them is being renewed in true righteousness. Ligonier Ministries

As a resource, I have included a link to some of God’s Precious Promises as compiled by Intouch Ministries.

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