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God’s Promises of Salvation

The immutable unbreakable promises of God 

This study will look at the immutable unbreakable promises that God made through Adam and Abraham to all those throughout all generations who will accept God’s call to become one of His and who make a lifelong commitment to become faithful followers of His Way.

The true gospel is the Gospel [good news] of the way to Salvation and entry into the eternal life in the family of God for a humanity subjected to Satan, sin, decay and death.  

God promised the man and woman in the garden that he would bruise [properly crush] the head of the serpent [Satan], and later God gave Abraham a series of promises which were dual; the physical promises being an allegory of spiritual promises that God would make a way for mankind’s Salvation from Satan, sin and death and the gift of eternal life in perpetual peace with God.  

Paul explains the spiritual meaning of the promises God made to Abraham and the true Gospel of Salvation.

God has also made certain promises for those who will NOT accept His rule in their lives; those who insist on remaining incorrigibly wicked.

God warns the wicked that they will be destroyed forever if they ultimately choose to remain wicked after they have been given the Gospel message and have had a chance to repent and to then live God’s way. God will give each person who has ever lived the chance to either choose life or to choose death.

In order to have true faith in God and to believe that He keeps all of His promises, it is important to get a good understanding of those promises. The Bible contains thousands of promises but in this study we will zero in on the promises that were given right from the beginning and those made to our forefathers which have to do with the plan and purpose of God, and what the end result will be for those who choose to obey God and to become His children.

The apostle Paul says in Hebrews that it is impossible for God to lie, it is impossible for God to ever prove false. Those who belong to Him can find safety [a refuge] in His steadfastness to who He is and what He is going to do, and it gives us a tremendous amount of hope for living. 

The security we find in knowing that God is true and never lies, provides us with consolation and encouragement. When we have this kind of FAITH in His promises we are motivated to hold fast the hope that God sets before us and this provides us with ASSURANCE that as long as we are walking with God, we are in His presence [within the veil] and that we, too, are the recipients of those promises.

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable [unchangeable] things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil  [into the Father’s Presence]. 

The apostle James brings out the fact that God the Father is the author of every GOOD GIFT. Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from Him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the heavens. And God never changes [is not shifting] like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same. He will not change His mind about what He has promised us. His promise includes that we can become His children by coming to believe and to have faith in the TRUTH of His Word and then set ourselves to obey it. If we remain faithful to Him now in this life, we will be counted as one of God’s first fruits and will be among those that will be a part of the resurrection of the just to eternal life.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, [not changeable, is not fickle] neither shadow of turning. 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

The immutable promises are tied to the mission, purpose and ministry of Jesus Christ and God’s plan to save a people for Himself and God says through the author of Hebrews that:

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

The Promise of The Messiah

The very first immutable promise that God made in regard to His great plan of redemption was just after Adam and Eve rebelled against God and took of the forbidden fruit. God had told them that if they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that they would incur the death sentence: “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17).
The first mention of a promise that involved a provision for the redemption of mankind through a Savior, who would be Jesus Christ, was given in Genesis 3.

Genesis 3:13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 3:14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

In this passage the writer of Genesis recorded the judgment that God pronounced on the serpent [properly dragon i.e. winged serpent] after he had beguiled the first humans to disobey their Creator and convinced them to follow him away from God. 

The judgment was also a prophecy of God’s Plan of Salvation which God began to reveal from the very beginning. God pronounced that the serpent (who is Satan – Revelation 12:9) would be an enemy to the woman’s Seed, [the Seed being Jesus Christ] and that Satan would wound Jesus’ heal [a reference to the crucifixion] but that Jesus would bruise his [Satan’s] head, which means that Jesus would destroy Satan and all his evil diabolical works. 

The prophecy is a reference to the fact that Jesus would come to earth as a Savior, die on the cross so that mankind could be forgiven and redeemed thereby destroying the works of the devil. Eventually through the work of Jesus Christ and His ministry, men would come to a proper understanding of God and His truth; and the deception that Satan has cast over the minds of all humanity ever since deceiving Eve and tempting her to take of the forbidden fruit, which Adam took as well, will be no more. 

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon [the winged serpent] was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

God’s first Promise involved making a way by means of Jesus’ sacrificial death, for humanity to be forgiven and to overcome sin therefore countering Satan’s plan and intentions to destroy mankind through sin, and the decay and death that results from it. Satan, too, will be ultimately destroyed when God’s plan for mankind has been accomplished.

This was not only a prophecy but this was an IMMUTABLE PROMISE that God made to mankind from the very beginning of Genesis just after our first parents sinned in the Garden and invoked the death sentence upon themselves. 

This first Promise that God made and had recorded in His Word is of utmost importance because the fulfillment of it paves the way for mankind to find mercy and salvation through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ; God’s own Son whom the Father would send to die for the sins of mankind. 

At the time appointed, those who repent and turn from their wicked ways, will be able to come under the rule of their Savior who will be King over the earth; renewal and restoration of the planet can begin; and the earth will be a place of righteousness, holiness, peace, and true love between the Creator and His sons and daughters once again.

 

God Gives An Immutable Promise to Abraham

After the Flood, God chose Abraham and his future descendants through Sarah to be the recipients of the PROMISE that He spoke of in Genesis 3 which would eventually include and bless all of the families of the whole world.

Abraham lived and grew up in a pagan land called “Ur of the Chaldees” [Chaldeans] near the ancient city of Babel or Babylon (see Genesis 11:31).

The Chaldeans were people who lived in southern Babylonia which would be the southern part of Iraq today. Sometimes the term Chaldeans is used to refer to Babylonians in general, but normally it refers to a specific semi-nomadic tribe that lived in the southern part of Babylon alongside of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

In Joshua 24:2 it says: “And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.”

Just as God calls each of His people today to come out from serving the gods of Babylon and Egypt, God called Abraham out from the land of Ur (located in Babylon) to go to the land that God would show him. In that place, Abraham was to obey and worship the true Creator God instead the false gods of the country that he had formally lived in. 

This is allegorical of what all Christians must do: we must ALL come out from false belief systems and worldly entanglements to receive God’s promises. This takes FAITH on the part of a new convert but also requires faith throughout the called-out person’s lifetime to continually resist the temptation to compromise by desiring the things of the world more than the things of God.

It requires God’s gift of FAITH to live for God the rest of our lives, to endure until the end and therefore remaining steadfast to our baptismal commitment. All true Christians must do what Abraham had to do to a certain degree (even if it is just a spiritual departure and not necessarily leaving a physical location) to come out from and to detach from all that is pagan and all that is wicked in this present evil world.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Believers at some point in their lives usually have to leave something in order to stay faithful to their calling whether it be a career, jobs, certain relationships, homes, lands, possessions, and sometimes even friends and family members. 

The early disciples had to leave all and so do all of God’s people have to leave certain things that hold them back spiritually, for this present evil world is not our real home. Those who have been called to be God’s children, which also means we are the spiritual “children of Abraham”, look for a city which hath [the true] foundations, whose builder and maker is God just as Abraham did, and we desire a better country that God will bring us to, if we stay faithful and attain to the resurrection of the just.

Matthew 19:27  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Matthew 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 
God commanded Abraham to leave his own country and go to the land that  God would lead him to.  Abraham went forth out of the land of Babylon not knowing what was ahead for him in the land of Canaan, but he trusted that God knew what was best for him and he and Sarah left all to go to the place that God had told them to go.
And because Abraham obeyed and did as God commanded him, God promised all the land of Canaan to him and to his descendants and promised that He would make Abraham’s descendants into a great nation.  
See “101:  Prophecies of the Exodus” for an explanation of God’s promises made to Abraham. 

Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

God promised him the land but the Promise comprised far more than just the land; it also included multitude blessings: that his descendants would someday would be GREAT nations on earth and that the people that would come from Abraham would be too many to count. Not only did God promise to make Abraham and his descendants into great nations but God promised that through him and “the children” that would come from him, that the whole earth would eventually be blessed [because Messiah would come trough that lineage].

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Later we read that God even changed Abraham’s name from Abram to Abraham, meaning “exalted father, or father of a multitude,” (Strong’s #85) to reflect the implications of this incredible promise that Abraham would become a father of many people and many nations.

Genesis 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

Romans 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

God showed Abraham all of the land in the Middle East,  that he and his descendants would inherit and told him that the children that would come from him would eventually grow to become an innumerable number of people upon the earth, so many that they would be like the dust of the earth which particles cannot be numbered.

Genesis 13:14 And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

 

The Promises Blessings

After Abraham left his homeland, God continued to walk with Abraham and disclosed even more of what God planned to do for him and his descendants. Abraham’s faithful obedience even in the face of severe tests was rewarded by further details being revealed to him as time progressed. The man who was to become a father of many nations had such an on-going close relationship with God that the apostle James said of him that he was “called the friend of God” (James 2:23).

Here is a list of the many different and far-reaching aspects of the Promise made to Abraham and to his descendants:

(1) That he and his descendants would become many great nations and a great name (Genesis 12:2).

(2) That God would bless him and through him there would a blessing to others, which was a promise of Messiah (Genesis 12:2).

(3) That God would bless those that blessed him and curse those that cursed him; God would protect him and defend him from enemies (Genesis 12:3).

(4) God elaborated further upon the blessing that would come from Abraham and told him that ALL nations [all families] on earth would be blessed [a prophecy of Christ]. (Genesis 12:3)

(5) Later when Abraham came to Sichem the Lord appeared again to Abraham and reiterated again that Abraham would have many descendants (seed) that would inherit the land (Genesis 12:7).

After Abraham unselfishly allowed his nephew Lot to have first choice over what land he desired to graze his cattle on, God appeared again to Abraham and gave him more affirmations of the Promise and the blessings that it contained.

(6) God told Abraham that he and his seed would inherit the land of Canaan and that they would eventually own it FOREVER and that they would be as numerous the dust of the earth for His seed would be innumerable (Genesis 13:16).

(7) In chapter 15 God promised that He would be Abraham’s shield and his exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1).

(8) Even though at the time Abraham had no son, God promised him that he would have children. The Lord promised Abraham that he would have a particular son (Isaac, the son of promise) who would be the heir of the Promise and again God said that his descendants would be innumerable as the stars in heaven are innumerable. (Genesis 15:3-5)

(9) That God would deliver Abraham’s descendants from slavery in Egypt and bring them out with great riches.

(10) That kings would come from Abraham. (Genesis 17:6)

(11) That God would  establish His covenant between Himself and Abraham and his  seed after him in their generations for an Everlasting Covenant, and that He (God) would to be a God unto him and to Abraham’s seed that would live after him. (Genesis 17:7)

(12) That God would give Abraham and his descendants the gates of their enemies. (Genesis 22:17)

 

The Abrahamic Covenant 

In Genesis 15 God then made a covenant with Abraham by having Abraham sacrifice animals and cut them in half and later that evening God passed through the midst of them, signifying that God had made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his seed.

That day God again confirmed the promise that Abraham and his seed would inherit the land of Canaan and he gave Abraham the delineation of the borders of the land that Abraham and his descendants would inherit; the borders would be from the river of Egypt all the way to the great Euphrates River. (Genesis 15:9-21)

Abraham had a vision that same day and it was revealed that his descendants would be strangers in the land that was not their own (Egypt) that they would be enslaved. God promised that He would deliver them and that they would come out of their captivity with great riches.

 

Circumcision as a Token of the Covenant 

To show that Abraham and his descendants were of God’s Covenant People, 

God commanded that Abraham and his sons be circumcised and that all of the following generations of males would be circumcised as well. By this they would have a token or a mark of the Covenant of God’s promise to them.

This was also highly allegorical for years later God would require that the people of the New Testament would have hearts that would be circumcised to show that they were the people of the New Covenant.  Circumcision  would also be of the heart [that is, the removal of sin] and that would be confirmed by how God’s children obeyed God, not only in the letter of the law but also in the very spiritual intent of His laws as well.

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

17:9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

17:11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. (Please see the whole chapter of Genesis 17)

Later Moses would declare that God required that His people must be circumcised in the heart in addition to the physical circumcision.  Meaning that the people would become sensitive to the things of God; circumcision being figurative of having the veil of sin removed and becoming obedient living by every Word of God with all their heart and all their soul, rather than being a be stiff-necked/rebellious people.

Deuteronomy 10:12  And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, 10:13 To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? 10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. 10:15 Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day. 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

 

In Romans 2 Paul explains the allegorical significance of having the heart circumcised for those called to be in the New Covenant. 

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Paul describes in Galatians that the promises are transferred to those who become Abraham’s seed through Jesus Christ, for when a person comes to believe and to have faith in Christ as the Messiah and live by every Word of God, it is accounted to him as being a descendant of Abraham through having the same faith and deeds of faith that Abraham had.

Therefore the spiritual aspects of all the promises made to Abraham also apply to the New Covenant believer.

Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

The following long passage in Galatians explains this whole concept much better than I can and makes for a very in-depth study of what it means to be circumcised in the heart and how those who come to believe in Christ and His promises also become a child of Abraham; and therefore it is to these “descendants” which receive the things of the Promise in the spiritual sense. “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” (Galatians 3:7)

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 

3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 

3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should aferwards be revealed. 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

God Confirms the Promise with His Oath

After Abraham passed a great test of faith given to him by God where he demonstrated that he was prepared to sacrifice his beloved son (Isaac) in obedience to God’s command, the final blessings of the promise were made known on Mount Moriah.  (Please see Genesis 22:1-19)

When Abraham proved his utmost loyalty to God and FAITH in His Promise by being willing to sacrifice his beloved son, God then confirms the Promise with an oath.

Genesis 22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, [made an oath to confirm the promises] saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. (See also Exodus 31:1)

The Hebrew word used in this passage for “swear” is shaba (Strong’s #7650) and it means: adjure, charge by an oath, with an oath, feed to the full.

In this passage God adds another promise, that Abraham’s seed would also possess the gate of their enemies.  This phrase means to be have the upper hand and/or to be victorious over their enemies which also has spiritual ramifications for the end times when the first fruits chosen would be resurrected and exalted over all the earth.

The Promise to Abraham is Foundational to the Gospel Message

The Promise of the Seed of the woman in Genesis 3 made by God and the later the Promise made to Abraham are at the heart and core of the Gospel message and are foundational to understanding the salvation plan of God. God’s immutable promises are all about the way of salvation and the glorious heritage that God has in store for those who repent of their sins, are forgiven by the atoning blood of Christ’s sacrifice, and who choose to trust God and obey all of His laws and commandments.

Most of the present day descendants of Israel and the so-called Christian religions that claim that their faith is based on the Bible, have no clue of the promises made to Abraham; or if they do, most do not know what they mean. If they have read about them and do know them, most do not understand their relevance to the Gospel message of salvation and the inheritance of the saints. The Gospel message was hinted to in Genesis 3 and the total Gospel begins with the calling out of Abraham who became known as the Father of the Faithful. In fact, the whole Word of God is the Gospel Message.

Because Abraham was faithful, God promised that he would inherit the land that God was showing him. But the Promise to Abraham encompassed much more than just the physical land of Canaan.

The importance of the Promise to Abraham is tremendously relevant to all that come to believe in the true God of the Bible. And understanding what it is and what it encompasses is crucial to our faith and in believing in the other promises of God for they are all interconnected. Why is the Promise that God made to Abraham relevant to those whom God is calling even in our day almost 4000 years later?

The Promise of Messiah and Salvation made to Abraham is described by Paul as Preaching THE GOSPEL!

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, sayingIn thee shall all nations be blessed.

The apostle Paul, when imprisoned for preaching the Gospel, claimed that it was because of his hope in the Promise to the fathers of the children of Israel (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) that he was being accused and tried:

Acts 26:6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers 26:7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

 

The Promise is Linked to the Salvational Resurrection to Eternal Life

Before a person is called and while he is without God in his life, the Bible says that he is a stranger to the “Covenants of Promise”. But once a person accepts the Father’s call and becomes a faithful keeper of every Word of God, he receives the Promise of Salvation, and has a sure hope in it and all that it entails.  Then if he remains faithful throughout his life he will realize the blessings of all that the Promise encompasses at the Resurrection of the Just.

 

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.

One of the reasons for Jesus Christ’s ministry as the Husband of the Mosaic Covenant , before his human birth, was to fulfill and confirm the physical aspect of the Promises to Abraham which was also passed down to Isaac and then to Jacob.

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

Then the Implementing Creator divested himself of his Godhood to be made flesh and be sacrificed for the sins of humanity as a child of Abraham, to fulfill his promises to Abraham on the eternal spiritual level.

After living to a ripe old age, Abraham died.

Genesis 25:8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

Abraham died and so did Isaac and Jacob and they are still dead, awaiting the promise of inheriting the land that God said would be theirs FOREVER.

The Promise of the physical land to Abraham was an allegory, looking forward to a RESURRECTION and the gift of ETERNAL LIFE.

The physical promises are an allegory of even better spiritual promises and we know that the people of Israel in the Mosaic Covenant received some of the promises on a physical level and also received the coming and sacrifice of Messiah, but they still did not receive the promises of Salvation to Eternal Life and an eternal inheritance.  

Paul explains that the physical promises were an allegory of an eternal inheritance in the Spiritual Promised Land of Eternal Life!

Hebrews 11:13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the [physical] earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

If the faithful listed in Hebrews 11 [and many other faithful] had sought a good physical life [physical county] instead of seeking spiritual things, they would not have sought faithfulness in spiritual things.  

Yet, the godly faithful willingly suffered and often gave up their lives to be faithful to the spiritual things of God; showing that their focus was indeed upon spiritual things and on living by every Word of God, regardless of any physical consequences.

The bottom line is that they believed the promises of God and backed up that belief [faith] with actions and the deeds of faith, even to suffering much with many even dying for their Abraham like faith to live by every Word of Gd.

11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through [enduring suffering and death for their dedication to godliness through their faith] faith, received not the promise: 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. 

One part of The Promises was that kings would come from Abraham and would be among his descendants.

This promise to Abraham referred to physical rulers as an allegory that the spiritual descendants of Abraham [all who are faithful to God, like Abraham was,are the children of Abraham] will be resurrected to become kings and priests of the Most High forever. 

Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

The apostle John prophesied of these future kings, the children of Abraham through the same faith that Abraham had (Revelation 1:6, 5:10).

Revealtion 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

In order to obtain the spiritual Promised Land of Eternal Life there must be a resurrection from death and that, too, is the hope of our calling.

Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

It is only through having the absolute FAITH in God that Abraham had, who gave his all for God’s, and our being obedient and living by every Word of God like Abraham did; along with sincere repentance for our past sins and FAITH in the application of Christ’s sacrifice to redeem us from our sins and a dedicated commitment to sin no more, that we can receive  the Promises of God.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

As we study through the Bible we see that all the men and women of God, knew and understood the immutable Promise of God of a resurrection of godly faithful [who married that faith to the works of godliness which are to live by every Word of God] and expounded on it in their writings and proclamations. 

Peter alluded to it when he spoke of a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar [a special separated from sin] people; for it is they who will be resurrected to eternal spirit as kings and priests of the Lord.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people [a people separated out to godliness]; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

True Christians have a fantastic future ahead of them if they can only grasp the astounding implications of the immutable, unchangeable promises of God!

1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Please see the whole chapter of Corinthians 15 for a good review of the Scriptures pertaining to the resurrection; read them while keeping the Promise in mind spoken of in Genesis 3:15 which again is “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”  Through the atonement of Jesus’ sacrifice, we, too, gain the victory over Satan and what he would purpose for us which is eternal death.

1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ultimately Satan will be completely defeated and the world will be free of his influence and evil forever. Jesus will bruise [crush]  his head [destroy him] and mankind will no longer be held captive to his deception and enticements.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

For those who know the truth, we can see that this PROMISE which was first given to Abraham and was handed down to us who have come to believe and faithfully live by every Word of God, holds marvelous things for all who embrace the things of God and His way of life.

Belief in God’s promises, repenting of our sins, applying the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit, and committing to go and sin no more; is the only way in which we can have hope of God’s sure promise of eternal life.

Paul spoke often of the PROMISE made of God to Abraham and it was this hope that motivated him to do the great things that he did as an apostle for God and to endure the many trials in his life.

Acts 26:6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers:

Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.

Some of the aspects of the PROMISE have already occurred. Jesus did come as a man in the flesh to die a sacrificial death so that all those who repent of their sins could be saved. The promise of the Holy Spirit officially came on the day of Pentecost 31 A.D.

Many of the prophecies pertaining to the things which would happen to the nations and empires of the world have happened just as prophesied. (See Daniel 8, 11, 12 and the other books of the Prophets), and ALL of God’s promises for his faithful will also be fulfilled. 

The Bible is full of accounts of God working out His plan and purpose through the lives of His servants with each event happening in light of the Promise of Salvation that God gave to Abraham.

To study about and realize that many of these things have already occurred, only serves to strengthen our FAITH that the rest of the Promises will most definitely occur in the soon future as well.

 

God’s Promise to Deal With Those Who Refuse to Turn From Their Wickedness

The immutable promises of God are sure and they are going to happened for God cannot lie.

The immutable promises regarding the godly will be fully fulfilled and the absolute promises of God regarding the end of the wicked will also be fulfilled with absolute certainty.

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

In Revelation 21 God promises that all things will be made new and mankind will learn the ways of righteousness and holiness and the people will become His faithful children and there will be no more effects from sin anymore. Those who overcome their sinful nature, either in this age or in the Millennium and beyond, will become sons and daughters of God and will live with Him forever. But this passage goes on to say what will happen to those who refuse to turn away from their sins:

Revelation 21:8  But the fearful [those fearing men and therefor not obeying God], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers [including those who murder spiritually by turning people away from God to follow men], and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters [all those who follow the words of men above being faithful to live by every Word of God], and all liars [including those who tell partial truths to deceive about the whole truth], shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

God’s immutable promises are not just for those who choose to follow Him, but He also promises to put down all wickedness and all those who choose not to live by every Word of God.

God holds each person responsible for his or her own sin, even though all have of us have been under the sway of the evil one.

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

God has no pleasure in the destruction of any person. He has, in His great mercy, given each a way out of sin and its punishment of death through the sacrifice of His Son.

After having the veil of sin and deception taken from men’s eyes, if even then they still refuse to yield to their Creator and obey all of His Words of Life Eternal, there is no more chance for them. God will destroy them so as to put them out of their misery and so that they can no longer cause pain and misery for others.

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

God makes it very clear every unrepentant sinner will reap the wages of death for their sins.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Those who hear and heed God’s warnings and turn from sin and become over-comers, will not experience the second death.

Revelation 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Revelation 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

God gives us many warnings in His Word, and if people would heed and forsake his sin and wicked ways, he could be spared.

Matthew 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Men and women can either choose the way to life or the way to death and God shows us what the consequences will be for either choice:

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

God makes it very clear what the reward of the wicked is going to be and He does not lie.

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

For more study concerning the fate of the wicked who will not repent see the rest of  2 Peter 2 and the whole Book of Jude.

 

The Lord is Not Slack Concerning His Promises

It may seem like it is taking a very long time for God to fulfill His promise to return and set up the Kingdom of God; but God has given mankind a certain amount of time to come to see that sin and wicked lifestyles do not bring contentment, peace, and happiness; but rather wretchedness, misery, decay and death.

The ones that God has called out at this time also need plenty of time to overcome human nature and to be molded and fashioned to be godly leaders and priests for Him in the future resurrection to eternal life.

God has His plan and purpose and He also has His own time table. We cannot make Him come earlier or do anything that will delay His coming, only He knows what is best for His Creation. He alone is Sovereign Almighty God and He owns the earth and He owns each one of us, even though most people in the world think that they are their own persons and can do whatever they want.  God alone is ALL-POWERFUL and nothing can stop His plans, they will come about whether, we, individually, are ready or not.

Someday, all mankind will be able to look back and see that God brought everything together to fulfill His grand purpose and those who choose “life” will see that all that they had to go through was well worth it. If it taught them that only God’s ways work and if what they had to go through brought them to the place of repentance and salvation whereby they are counted worthy to obtain the promises, they will then understand the  total wisdom of God.

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: [who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will].

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The fact that all of God’s promises and prophecies are coming to pass is powerful proof that God’s Word is true and He is the Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth.

God’s Promises to Abraham, in all of its variety and stages, is coming to pass and soon the final stages of that Promise will be our reality.

Soon, those who are truly the faithful to God the Almighty and Abraham’s spiritual seed will be resurrected to the Spiritual Promised Land of Eternal Life.

Psalm 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

1 John 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning [Be sure that you continue to follow the teaching you heard from the beginning]. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

Jesus Christ, will have the final victory over sin and Satan and all those who want to follow in his wicked ways.  

Jesus is our champion, the King of kings who will take over the rulership of this world and will usher in peace and righteousness for all those who choose to obey God rather than emulate the rebellion of our first parents.

Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world, the Great God who cares for His sheep as a loving, protective Shepherd, the Messiah that was promised to come way back in Genesis, who is the Almighty God, has OPENED the access to the Tree of Life to the sincerely repentant who set it in their hearts to “Go and sin no more.”

The next to the last verse in the Bible also includes an immutable promise, Jesus is coming back to earth to rule the nations in the Righteousness [by every Word of] of God the Father; it is going to happen and He will be here soon.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

God’s Promises are Immutable and They Will Prevail!

God never takes back or changes His promises. We can have absolute FAITH that God’s immutable promises will never fail.

Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Where the first Adam failed and was driven from the Garden of Paradise, the Second Adam [Jesus Christ] succeeded and made possible the way to enter into the spiritual Promised Paradise of eternal life!

The Book of Revelation is a prophecy of the successful ending of the predicament of humanity which has been deceived through all generations and has chosen to live the way of falsehood; but when all is finished and Satan’s rulership is no more, ALL may finally come to the true knowledge that leads to an abundant and glorious life with God for evermore.

Then God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28) so that living the way that God designed for all mankind will finally be achievable.

The LORD will keep the promises that He made to Abraham and to his descendants and His purpose will prevail! 

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel [no plan that can succeed] against the Lord.

We, Brethren, if we have Abraham’s faith to obey God, are the end time descendants of Abraham.  

If we have come to believe in God and have the FAITH of Abraham accompanied by Abraham’s Works’s of Faith, then we have embarked on the journey to the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.

Whether we are true flesh and blood descendants of Abraham or not, does not matter.  God calls us the “children of Abraham,” if we have the same kind of faith in God, accompanied by the work’s of faith, that Abraham had.  It is such people who are the true children of Abraham who will inherit the blessings of the Promises along with faithful Abraham.

Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Nothing can thwart God’s Promises and what He has planned for His people. Even the most wise, intelligent, and the most clever people in the world can make plans that may seem good, but ultimately none of their plans will override the purposes and plans of the LORD!

Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices [plans] in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel [purpose] of the Lord, that shall stand [prevail].

Psalm 33:11 The counsel [plans] of the Lord standeth [stand firm, are immutable] for ever, the thoughts of his heart [purposes of His heart are] to all generations.

Job 42:2 Then Job answered the Lord, and said, 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought [plans] can be withholden from thee [hidden].

Christians must live by faith and not by sight. Even when it appears that carnal evil men’s plans are overwhelming the good of the people and it seems that evil is winning, it is only an illusion and it is only for very short season! 

In reality, it is the Lord’s plan that will prevail in the end and His plans cannot be changed nor halted. He says through the prophet Isaiah that He declares what He is going to do from the beginning to the end and that HE WILL DO ALL HIS PLEASURE!

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

God promised in the Garden of Eden at the beginning of man’s time here on earth when speaking to the serpent that He was going to send a solution to the sin and rebellion of humanity and that a Savior would come and have victory over all the evil plans of Satan.

The Promise of Salvation and Eternal Life is for those who are willing to repent and turn to their Father in heaven and their Creator with all their being and with all their hearts; but God also promises that those who make a final decision that they will NOT SUMMIT to their heavenly Father will be destroyed.

The Bible is full of the immutable promises of God and only those who reject the path that our first parents took and become God’s FAITHFUL.

Those who choose to trust and obey our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will receive the blessing of God’s Promise of Salvation from Satan, sin and death, and will receive the gift of Eternal Life.

Constance Belanger and James Malm

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