The Bible is full of promises we can hold onto because they are underwritten by the most secure source on earth.
2 Peter 1:3 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.
Here is what the dictionary says promise means
- assure someone that one will definitely do something or that something will happen
- give good grounds for expecting
Let me start by saying that a promise is only as good as the person /organisation who makes the promise. A promise means that the giver of the promise is saying by making the promise: you can test me to see if I am trustworthy by whether or not I keep my promise. It also means I am prepared to stake my reputation on this.
So when God gives promises, we can be sure there is no better source of any promise. You can take those promises to the bank. Peter says that through the knowledge of God, he has given us everything we need for a godly life. And God has given us very great and precious promises. Great means big and amazing. Precious means of high value. The promises of God are both VERY great and VERY precious.
Once again we access these promises through the knowledge of God. Without the knowledge of God we cannot know these promises. I hope it is clear from my last couple of posts that the knowledge of God is the key to a successful godly life.
Here are seven amazing promises that are guaranteed
- He has promised to supply every need we have. The Bible says: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:19. God has obligated Himself only to the extent of our needs. That would include food, clothing, shelter, companionship, love, and salvation thru Jesus Christ. It would not include the multiplicity of luxuries that we have come to think of as needs.
- God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9). He has made provision for our salvation by His grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8. It is through an obedient faith that we have access into the grace of God according to Romans 5:2.
- God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be provided. This promise is recorded in I Corinthians 10:13. Jude wrote: “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present your faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude v 24).
- God has promised us victory over death. He first resurrected Jesus by way of assuring our resurrection. Peter said: “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses” (Acts 2:32). Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3,4). Later on he adds: “but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:57).
- God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully (Romans 8:28). It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times, but God has promised it, and He will make good.
- God has promised that all who believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins will be saved. (John 3:16).
- God has promised His people eternal life (John 10:27,28).