How many biblical promises are there
The promises of God and their fulfillment
1 and their fulfillment Fundamental statements of the Bible about promises and their fulfillment What are promises? A promise is the binding promise given to another about certain behavior that is to take place in the future. In the Bible, this term mainly refers to God's promises to his people or individual believers. As a rule, their content is God's saving or preserving action in grace. Fulfillment is based on the essence of the Lord who promises: God's love: Isaiah 43: 1-4; Jeremiah 31: 3ff. God's faithfulness: Lamentations 3:23; Deuteronomy 32: 4; (Psalm 89) God's omnipotence: Exodus 6: 3; Jeremiah 32:27; Luke 1:37; (Genesis 17: 1: This is where the title of God Almighty appears for the first time) God's immutability: James 1:17 Examples of promises to individuals Abraham Genesis 15; 22:17 Jacob Genesis 28:13 or to groups of people or peoples of Israel Exodus 18: 5 the troubled people Matthew 11:28 believing people John 14.3 and 23 Various promises are made unconditionally out of God's free love. For some, their fulfillment is linked to conditions: to obedience in Deuteronomy 28: 1; Luke 17: 6 Faith Galatians 3:22; Romans 4: 19-21 Love of God James 1:12 Recognition of authority Ephesians 6.2 It is also important to have a precise knowledge of God's statements and to accept them in faith and obedience so that we can understand them correctly. Many believers in the time of probation have no certainty of salvation or they reckon that they will still have to go through judgments (the so-called time of tribulation, purification) because they either do not deal with the corresponding statements or do not trust God that He also His word adheres to. Old Testament Promises Old Testament Promises 18 Dec.
2 for the most part point to the future Savior. The first promise to mankind already heralds him who will crush the serpent's head, namely Christ (Genesis 3:15). In the beginning the promises are very general or without any great details. As you progress, however, they become clearer and more comprehensive. The promises not only point to the Savior, but also show the way of salvation. It is not about improving the world, but God promises the gift of new life and his spirit (Zechariah 12:10; Ezekiel 36:26). God gives his promises first directly (to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses), later through his prophets, in individual cases even through unbelieving people (Balaam). Job Abraham Isaac Jacob Abraham Jacob Isaiah Micah Prophet knows that his Redeemer lives and that there will be a resurrection, it is promised that the Messiah will come from their seed or that in him all nations will see blessed, that the sacrifice will be chosen by God prophesies that Shiloh, the peace-maker, comes from the tribe of Judah prophesies that the Messiah will come from the family of Jesse or will be a descendant of David prophesies that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem report in the prophetic books and in the Psalms about the circumstances of his birth, life and suffering, Job 19:25, Galatians 3:16; Genesis 26: 4; 28:14, Hebrews 11, Moses 22:18; Genesis 49:10, later 1 Chronicles 5: 1 Isaiah 11: 1 Isaiah 23: 8; 33.15 Micah 5.1; Matthew 2.5 Isaiah 9.1; 35.4; 53; Psalm 41: 9, 55:12; Zechariah 11 Digression: God's Action Before and After the Legislation In the Old Testament we find two time periods in which God's action with regard to the promises differs: The time before the law God speaks in most cases directly. The promises are usually given to individuals. Promises have no conditions. The patriarchs saw the promises from afar. They stayed in the Promised Land as in a strange land. The time under law Follow me after The blessing is bound to obedience and loyalty. If you do these things (law) then you will live. Since there is a people of God, most of the promises are dedicated to them. 19th
3 The basis of all the promises of the Old Testament is the work that the Lord Jesus would do so something in the future. While much depended on human obedience, ultimately God's infinite grace is the basis for it. With regard to God's kingdom of peace, there are very extensive and detailed promises and predictions: The Messiah rules in righteousness. (Isaiah 32,; Revelation 11.15; 20.4) The curse from the animal and plant world has been largely removed (except for the statements regarding the snake, the adjoining of the Dead Sea / Sodom). (Isaiah 55:13; 65:25; Ezekiel 34:27; 47: 8-11; Psalm 85:12) The seas are still there. (Psalm 72: 8; Isaiah 18: 1; Ezekiel 47) There are still nations. (Isaiah 60) There is still / again a temple in Jerusalem. (Ezekiel 40 47) Sin is still possible. (Psalm 101: 8) Death is not yet gone. (Isaiah 65:20; Isaiah 66:24) A number of promises have now been fulfilled. Although the believers of the Old Testament were allowed to experience the fulfillment at times (salvation from Egypt, return from Babel), these events are often only a preliminary fulfillment of the actual extent of future things. New Testament Promises The New Testament promises are all based on the finished work of the Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20). Thus the apostle Paul announced to the Jews in Antioch the fulfillment of the promise made to the fathers that now, i.e. after the work of redemption, in the Lord Jesus every believer can be justified (Acts 13: 32f). As in the time of the Old Testament, this belief is the basic requirement for grasping the promises. The Holy Spirit The Great Promise in the New Testament One of the Lord Jesus' greatest promises - the gift of the Holy Spirit - has already come true. I send the promise of the Father upon you (Luke 24:49; Acts 1: 4; 2:33; Galatians 3:14; Ephesians 1:13). It applies to all who have accepted the Lord Jesus, who have believed the gospel, be they adults or children, near or far. This means that the promises of the New Testament no longer only apply to believers from the people of Israel, but also to those from all peoples. The Holy Spirit is the believer's seal, pledge, strength from on high and the guardian of the Father here on this earth. 1. Promises in a completely new dimension Through the Holy Spirit we are now also enabled to grasp and enjoy the new Christian promises and to walk accordingly 2. There are zb the promise of eternal life (1 John 2:25) that we are heirs of God, co-heirs with Christ 3 (Romans 8:17) of the eternal inheritance, which is forever preserved in heaven (Hebrews 9:15) 1 Ephesians 1:13, 14; Luke 24:49; John 14:16 2 The basic requirement for this is of course also the new life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6,4) 3 Only then will the promise of the redemption of our body also become reality, while we already have the redemption of our soul. 20th
4 of the apartments in the father's house 4 (John 14: 2) his second coming (2 Peter 3) his presence with all believers (Matthew 28:20) his personal presence in the midst of those gathered in his name (Matthew 18:20 ) preservation before judgment (Revelation 3:10). The certainty of the promises Believers of the New Testament have many models and proofs that and how God fulfilled his promises to the believers of the Old Testament or the people of Israel: Abraham: God gave him a son from Sarah the patriarchs: God gave the people of Israel the land of Joseph: God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt the people of Israel: the mission of the Messiah the Jews: the return from Babylon Sometimes He announced the time of fulfillment in advance, sometimes not. But he always kept his word. Eternal God does not repent ... The Bible shows us that God does not repent of His promises. As the omniscient, He already knows the end before the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). We see this in the same way with the Lord Jesus (John 2:15; 13,3; 18,4). God is not a man to lie, nor a Son of man to repent. Should he have spoken and not done and talked and not been keeping it up? (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29) ... in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before ages. (Titus 1,2) For the gifts of grace and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) God even used an oath to testify to the immutability of his counsel, although in his nature the immutability is founded (and He also commands people not to swear. Your yes is yes and your no is no ( Hebrews 6: 17-20; James 5:12) With him there is no change nor a change of shadow (James 1:17). But security is also based on his omnipotence. No thing is impossible for him (Romans 4:21; Jeremiah 32: 17 + 27) .... and yet acts differently in his ways We must, however, carefully distinguish between God's counsels and his governmental action: His counsel is of a fundamental nature and therefore eternal, his governmental action is the path on which He takes everyone In Genesis 6: 6, 7, for example, we find that God regretted having made man, and here God shows how He thinks about people and how He deals with them, even though He has made his plans for a long time, ie before the creation of the cosmos (universe). This fact becomes particularly clear to us in Jeremiah 18: 8-10. Here both God's acts of grace and his ways of upbringing become clear to us. Other occasions: 1 Samuel 15:11 The rejection of Saul 2 Samuel 24:16 / 1. Chronicles 21:15 God breaks off judgment against Israel and David. Psalm 106,45 / Jeremiah 42,0 4 Therefore a Christian can also hope in heavenly glory (1 Peter 1,3; Romans 8,18) Follow me after 21
5 How do I personally deal with the promises of the Bible in 2002, and how do they shape my life? We have already established with the promises in the Old Testament that they also have a personal character and must be claimed by faith. In this, Abraham is the shining example for us: He did not doubt God's promise through unbelief, but was strengthened by giving glory to God (Romans 4:20). Doubt robs us of security. We must be careful not to doubt God's promises if they are not fulfilled when we expect them (2 Peter 3). Get to know and hold onto promises! We can have the certainty that God will and can carry out what He has promised (Romans 4:21). We can of course only hold onto promises that we have learned to know beforehand. To do this, it is imperative to study his word. Attending Christian meetings where we can take in God's truth more deeply is also of great help. And then we can and should cling firmly to these promises and hold fast to them (Hebrews 10:23), persevering in them (Hebrews 10:36, 35), even if they do not come immediately after we have discovered them. For example, the Lord does not delay the promise of his coming, but wants to bring many more to repentance. God's time calculation is often different from ours (2 Peter 3: 9). The preoccupation with foreign teachings such as philosophy, the mockery of fellow human beings and also the magnetic effect of the world can quickly rob us of our blessings again. So let us keep asking the Lord for strength to stay close to Him and His promises. The great promise for the future: He's coming soon! The special promise of the Lord Jesus: See I am coming soon (in a hurry), is about to be fulfilled. This fact should keep us awake twice or do I live in the expectation of the Lord Jesus? Will it shape my life? Is there anything shameful about his coming because my way of life is not in accordance with God? We should answer these two questions sincerely before the Lord and, if necessary, change our lives or our attitudes accordingly with his help! Titus 2 gives us valuable assistance in a happy life in the hope of the coming of the Lord Jesus. We may: claim grace, deny ungodliness and worldly lusts prudently, live righteously and godly, expect the blissful hope and appearance of the glory of the Lord Jesus, apply all diligence and not be indolent imitators of those who have preceded us in faith. (How many valuable examples can we find in the Bible (Hebrews 6:11, 12; 13: 7)! God's promises are something glorious. Even if some of them are not for us but for the people of Israel, they all have with the Lord Jesus to do. And He should not only be the focus of God's counsels, but also our whole joy. Rainer Möckel 22
6 The Christian and the Law The Christian and the Law Lately I have met a number of people who were unsure of the role the law (given by God through Moses) should play in their lives. Although in most cases I could assume that they were born again, various comments made it clear that they did not understand the full meaning of the gospel of grace. The following views are repeated over and over again: We are saved by the death of the Lord, but now we should make an effort to truly keep the law. We don't need to keep the whole law, for example not the ceremonial law, but at least the moral part (not killing, stealing, etc.). Furthermore, and that should be enough for us, such views contradict clear biblical statements. An answer to a few questions from this topic will make this clear. If one contradicts these assertions, it is countered: How are we supposed to live according to God's will if we do not keep the law? Such views are not only wrong, they are dangerous. They lead to a completely wrong way of thinking and attitude to life and prevent us from living in the way that would correspond to our relationship with the Lord and the Father. They also take away the peace that every child of God can and should enjoy (Romans 8: 1). And without inner peace, one can actually make no progress at all in the truth. Follow me after 1. Can one be righteous before God by keeping the law? Perhaps to the astonishment of some readers, I have to answer this question with a yes, a theoretical yes. For the Bible says: And you should observe my statutes and my rights, by which man, if he does them, will live. (3rd Mo 18,5; see also Rom 10,5) 23
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