Saturday Sermon: God keeps his promises
There are several things that God has never done. However, the one I want to mention in this article is two-fold: First, God has never told a lie, and, because of that, He has always kept or will keep His promises.
You see, since God cannot lie, every promise He has ever made is certain. By that, we mean that we can build our lives on the knowledge of this fact, Titus 1:2.
When one reads the Bible, he must remember that the promises in it are from the One who has always kept His promises. As a poet once said, "Promises are future until He (God) fulfills them."
With that in mind, please consider the following: God has promised the faithful eternal life. When one becomes a Christian, God promises them that they will never die (life eternal).
"And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die," John 11:26.
Christians have eternal life. However, this eternal life is conditional. We must keep living in Him, believing in Him and following His Word. Hebrews 10:23 describes it as the "hope of eternal life."
Paul goes on to describe hope in these words, "Hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what He sees," Romans 8:24.
Eternal life is promised to Christians, but they must "hold fast ... without wavering," Hebrews 10:23. They will receive the promise "after we have done His will," Hebrews 10:36.
God has also promised the faithful a crown of life. "Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him," James 1:12. Look at this carefully. Christians must endure and be approved, and then they shall receive the crown.
God has also promised the faithful a special rest. Hebrews chapters three and four show how those who left Egypt failed to receive the rest prepared for them since the foundation of the world.
Later, David urged the people of his day to seek that rest (Psalm 91 as quoted in Hebrews 3). God had a rest prepared, but neither Jews of Moses' day nor those of David's day received it. They had the Sabbath but not the rest which remains.
This is why chapter four urges us to recognize the promise of rest lies before us (v. 1) and must keep believing (v. 4) and keep laboring to enter into it (v. 11). The rest that remains for us is future. We have the promise of it, but it lies before us.
God, who cannot lie, has promised us eternal life, a crown and eternal rest. Heaven awaits us. "Let us hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering," Hebrews 10:23. It is ours. It is as certain as the promises of He who cannot lie.
Shan Jackson is a minister at the Port Lavaca Church of Christ.