Promises, Promises

“God is not a man, that He should lie; … hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19
The Apostle Paul in describing the promise the Lord made to Abraham noted that whether you followed the Law or not, it had no effect on the promise the Lord made.

“For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.” – Galatians 3:18
Paul was emphasizing that the Lord does not go back on His promises. As Christians, we have received promises – such as given by the Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” – Acts 2:38-39
So Christians have received the promised Holy Spirit.

Again, Paul confirms this promise.

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” – Ephesians 1:13
Christians are sealed with the Holy Spirit and have received the promised Holy Spirit which is the Lord’s “down payment” or “earnest money” toward His promise.

“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1:14
“Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.” – Second Corinthians 5:5
The Lord, through His Bible, has promised us eternal life.

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus.” – Second Timothy 1:1
“And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.” – First John 2:25
As with the promise the Lord made to Abraham, the promise made to Christians is not dependent on what we do after we have received that promise. God made a promise and does not lie!

I again refer to the Parable of the Prodigal Son as found in Luke 15:11-24. Even though the son turned his back on his father, the father still considered him to be his son, and the father still loved him. This parable told by the Lord Jesus illustrates the love of God the Father.

Even if our works and deeds do not measure up to the standard of the Lord Jesus, we shall be saved, “yet as though by fire,” (First Corinthians 3:15) because of the promise of the Lord.

Based upon Scripture, I am convinced that Christians cannot lose or throw away their Salvation. We have received the promise of God, and He does not lie. In Glory may we eternally praise the Lord for His wonderful grace, His great patience and His promises made to us.

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