5467 promises, divine

5467 promises, divine

The promises of God reveal his particular and eternal purposes to which he is unchangeably committed and upon which believers can totally depend. These promises are, however, conditional upon obedience on the part of believers.

God’s promises are irrevocable

He is absolutely trustworthy Nu 23:19 See also Tit 1:2; Heb 6:13-18

He is unchanging Ps 110:4; Mal 3:6-7; Jas 1:17-18

He has the power and will to fulfil his promises Isa 55:11 See also Ro 4:21

He is faithful in keeping all his promises Jos 21:45; Jos 23:14-15; 1Ki 8:56; Ps 145:13; Heb 10:23

His promises stem from his goodness and glory 2Pe 1:3-4

God may confirm his promises with an oath Ge 22:15-18 See also Ge 26:3; Isa 45:23; Am 6:8; Am 8:7

Examples of God’s promises through covenant relationship

Ge 9:8-17 with Noah With Abraham: Ge 15:9-21; Ge 17:1-22; Heb 11:8-9,17-19
Ge 26:3-4 with Isaac With Jacob: Ge 28:13-15; Ge 46:2-4 With Moses and the Israelites: Ex 19:1-6; Ex 24:1-8
Nu 25:10-12 with Phinehas With David: 2Sa 7:5-16 pp 1Ch 17:4-14; 1Ki 8:15,24
Jer 31:31-34 with Jeremiah

The grounding of God’s promises in Christ

God’s promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ 2Co 1:18-20 See also Mt 5:17; Lk 4:16-21; Ac 2:29-31; Ac 3:21-26; Ac 7:37; Dt 18:15-18; Ac 13:23,32-34; Ac 26:6-7; Ro 1:2-3; Ro 15:8; Heb 9:15

Jesus Christ brings superior promises through the new covenant Heb 8:6-8 Jesus Christ mediates a covenant of inner transformation, willing obedience, intimate relationship with God and forgiveness of sins forever. See also Eph 1:13-14; Heb 7:22; Heb 11:13,39-40; 2Pe 1:1-4

Jesus Christ has the right to make promises on God’s behalf Jn 3:34-35 See also Jn 1:1-2,14; Jn 8:25-29; Heb 1:1-3

God’s promises must be received by believers

They are received by faith Gal 3:22 See also Jn 1:12; Ro 4:13-16

They are received by perseverance and obedience Heb 10:36 See also Ro 4:19-24; 2Co 7:1; Heb 6:12

God’s promises unite believing Jews and Gentiles Eph 3:6 See also Ac 2:38-39; Ro 9:8; Gal 3:29; Gal 4:28; Eph 2:11-18; Heb 11:39-40

Disaster awaits those who reject God’s promises Jos 23:12-16; Jn 3:18-20,36; 2Ti 2:11-13; Heb 6:4-12; 2Pe 3:3-10

Particular promises of God in Christ

The gift of the Holy Spirit Lk 24:49; Ac 1:4; Ac 2:33; Eph 1:13

The fulness of life and eternal life 2Ti 1:1; Heb 12:26-28; Jas 1:12; Jas 2:5; 1Jn 2:25

Resurrection Jn 5:29; Jn 11:25-26; 1Co 15:48-57; 2Co 4:14; 1Th 4:16

The forgiveness of sins 1Jn 1:9

The presence of God Ex 3:12; Ex 33:14; Jos 1:9; Isa 58:9; Mt 28:20; Heb 13:5

The peace of God 1Ch 22:9; Ps 85:8; Isa 9:6-7; Ro 5:1; Php 4:4-9

Joy in God Ps 16:11; Ps 132:16; Jn 16:20-24

The knowledge of God Jer 31:33-34; Jn 17:25-26; 1Jn 5:20

See also

1035God, faithfulness
1345covenant
2366Christ, prophecies concerning
2424gospel, promises
3040Holy Spirit, promise of
6644eternal life
6652forgiveness
6700peace
8020faith
8125guidance, promise
8453obedience
8607prayer, God’s promises

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