CHILDREN OF THE PROMISEI Jn.2: 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
Gal.4: 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
God cannot lie. Everything He has promised he backs up with the purity and power of His person and character. There can never be any dilution of His promises, and He will not leave anything incomplete or unfinished. Every single prophetic utterance made through the lips of imperfect men has come to pass, and every promise that remains unseen is just waiting for its turn to reveal its past and present and future reality. The glory of God and the integrity of His Word is always at stake, although never the slightest bit in jeopardy.
Men make promises and keep some of them, but when God makes a promise it transcends time and space and exists in the future as if it was in the past. And without exception the fulfillment of the promise exceeds the image of the written word. The reality is more glorious than the promise itself. The incubation of the promise only seems to heighten the anticipation. And the accumulation of prophetic hints suddenly burst upon the scene with unmistakable clarity and power. Hint, hint, hint, hint, and… then…promise meets reality…and prophetic pregnancy gives birth to…Bethlehem’s glory! Behold, the Promise breathes!
God has never lied but His timetable is His own. It is perfect in its time. It is perfect in its place. Man grows weary and doubt sometimes lingers, but have no doubt, God’s promise has been slain before the foundations of the world were formed. Before one molecule of Adam’s frame was formed, the promise of eternal life was in place. Before Adam lost a rib, the promise of the Incarnation was already in motion. Before Adam and Eve were banished the cross overshadowed mankind’s future.
Make no mistake, the promise has already been fulfilled and those who by faith have embraced it have received it. Oh yes, our eternity is now secured in Him and we await the final installment of that promised hope. One day faith will become sight and through spirit eyes we will lay eyes upon Him Who died and is risen, for us. Shake yourself and awaken to the realities of God’s kingdom. Resist the temptation to be swayed or distracted by the things of this world. Yes, the world sounds great fanfares about almost anything while it ignores Christ except for some meager religious tokens.
Heaven and earth will one day pass away, and all that will survive is what God has promised. Oh rejoice all ye sons of Zion who have recognized your own sinfulness and have run to the shelter of His everlasting Word. He has triumphed and He has shared His triumph with us. How glorious! What a Savior!
Rest in Him; lean on Him; recline in His greatness. Drink deeply from the oasis that is Him. You have done nothing but He has done everything. And this conqueror did not ride off into the sunset basking in His victory. No, He now reigns supreme and in a head shaking reality He desires to fellowship with us, His one time enemies. Oh my, why? I am sometimes offended and repulsed by my own being, so why would He who reigns in abject holiness desire to fellowship with someone like me? But this is our God; this is our Lord. We are slaves and yet brothers. Servants and yet sons. Subjects and yet friends. It is all almost too wonderful for the human spirit to digest, yet it is true nonetheless.
In this fallen political season there will be many promises made by men and women on all sides. Treat them as hollow and mostly lies. But we remain steadfast, unmovable in our commitment to our God and His eternal promise. He has come once in our place, He will come again for us. Do not grow weary in well doing. The day is coming. The promise has been fulfilled. The Lord is coming again.