All God’s promises are yes and amen


The Verse of the Day for March 12, 2015 is found in 2 Peter 1:4 (NIV):

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

The verse opens with the personal pronoun “these.” In order to understand what “these” is referring to, we need to examine the previous verse to find the “antecedent” or the noun that “these” takes the place of. Here are verses 3-4 of 2 Peter 1 rendered in the New Living Translation.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

This passage also brought to mind a statement made by Kristen Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries, who commented that the goodness of God abounds toward us to such a degree that wherever we may step, we are landing on one of God’s promises.

Concerning the promises of God, 1 Corinthians 1:20 tells us:

20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

When God makes a promise, He is faithful to fulfill that which He has spoken, for God is the original “Promise Keeper.” We find a reference to “all the promises of God” in the following poem which is an expression of one of God’s desires:

The Fullness of God

To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge;

that you may be filled with all fullness of God

Ephesians 3:19

In wisdom God gives power to loose and to bind,

To enlighten souls and open eyes of the blind.

All the promises of God are “yes and amen.”

God’s Word is true today, just as it was back then

When Christ first spoke the truth to those with ears to hear.

We walk in the spirit of love and have no fear.

We have been empowered by the spirit of might.

To serve the Lord, to please Him is our soul’s delight.

Secure, knowing nothing can snatch us from His hand,

We shall know fulfillment of all that God has planned.

Filled with all the fullness of God that we might see:

The riches of the glory of this mystery.

We walk by faith and not by sight, for we now know,

God sealed us by a covenant, and it is so.

Translated “it is so, so be it, or thus shall it most surely be, or some other variation of this widely spoken affirmation, Amen is commonly used throughout the Old and New Testament. According to Louis Ginzberg, “Amen” has been described as “perhaps the most widely known word in human speech,” as the liturgical response is used not only in Christianity but in Judaism and Islam and other religious practices.

The entire Bible is a matchless collection of exceeding great and precious promises, all of which God is committed to fulfill. Every promise made, God will keep, as He confirms the whole of His word with the last word used in the Bible, “Amen.”

Listen to the Contemporary vocal group, Selah, as they offer a lively medley of Christian songs, including “Standing on the Promises.”

We close out this blog entry with a benediction “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” composed by John Rutter, followed by a seven-fold Amen.

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