Which Bible Promises Can Christians Claim?

Which Bible Promises Can Christians Claim?


So what promises in the Bible can the Christian
claim? You’ll be surprised at the common-sense answer. There are a lot of promises in the Bible. But not all the promises are for you and me. So how do you know which ones are for us and
which ones are for others? Actually, the principle is really simple. The promises that are made to Christians are
for Christians, and the promises that are made to others, say for example, the nation of Israel, those
are for Jews. Alright? Now, let me tell you why people get mixed
up on this sometimes, and it’s because they go back to the Old Testament, and they isolate
passages that look really yummy for us. And we think, oh man, I like that verse. There’s some verses in Jeremiah, verses in
2nd Chronicles that are really popular and you find ’em on posters, and cards, and stitched
into pillows, and a whole bunch of other things too that people seem to want to lift willy
nilly out of the context and apply to them as believers because those are promises made
to God’s people, and they’re God’s people, in a certain sense, and so they think they
belong to them. But when those texts were written, when those
promises were made, there was a very specific people that was in view there. Okay? And promises made to that people belong to
them. Now sometimes, there are promises that are
made in the Old Testament that are based on God’s character. In other words, God being reliable, God being
a merciful God, patient, long suffering, those kinds of things. Well that character of God that is expressed
towards the Jews is the same character that’s expressed towards us. So we can, in a certain sense, import that
Old Testament promise and apply it to ourselves. There’s a lot of things in Psalms and guidelines
that we see in Proverbs that are about life in general and not just applicable to an individual
group of people. So there’s a principle from the Old Testament. If it’s a general promise for people or about
God’s character that we can count on, well then that’s for everybody. Okay? If there’s a promise for the nation of Israel
under very precise circumstances, and you can read the context and get that information,
then that’s theirs, not ours, we can’t steal it. Okay? In the New Testament, all kinds of promises
made to Christians. There’s a variety, though. I mean, Jesus said, “In this world, you will
have tribulation.” Oh wow, that’s a promise. That’s a prediction. He’s letting us know what we’re in for. But then He adds, “Be of good cheer, I have
overcome the world.” Hmm. Okay, that’s an encouragement, right? How bout this? “Greater is He who is in us than he who is
in the world”? Well who is in us? In the New Covenant, in the New Testament
times, the one that is in us is God in the person of the Holy Spirit. Oh, okay. That’s us. That’s ours. We can claim that in defense against the enemy. And there are all kinds of things like this
that we should be drawing on on a regular basis to remind us and encourage us. “There is therefore now no condemnation for
those who are in Christ Jesus.” Oh that’s a great one. How bout this one, “For we know that God causes
all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according
to His purpose.” Now there’s more to that promise there, but I just want you to see, it tells us who it’s for. Those who love Him, those who are called according
to His purpose. That’s believers. So that’s your key. Pay attention when you read the promise to
who the promise is given to, and don’t steal somebody else’s promise, but help yourselves
to the ones that belong to you.

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