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All God’s promises are yes and amen

March 12, 2015

 

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.

Psalm 115:14: Standing on a promise

November 10, 2014

Psalm_115-14The 8:00 a.m. service at Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC was one of the closing sessions of the Women of Style 2014 Transformation Factor Conference which the entire congregation attended on November 9, 2014. Kristen Mellette, one of the coordinators of the event, was the featured speaker, 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. That comment brought to mind 2 Peter 1:3-4:

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

In the course of her message, Kristen made reference to Psalm 115:14, a verse that has been one of the promises that God has made to His people, a verse that the entire congregation of Christian Provision Ministries has been focusing on. Here is the verse in the Amplified Bible to which I have added a poetic expansion of this particular promise:

Psalm 115:14:

May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children.

May the Lord,

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle,

The Lord who heals,

The Lord who has delivered His people,

The Lord who sanctifies and makes holy,

The Lord who consecrates and does all things well,

May the Lord give you increase

bless you with abundant increase of favors,

the increase of possessions,

with land that shall yield her increase,

that you may increase exceedingly

with storehouses also for the increase —

Though your beginning has been small,

yet your latter end will greatly increase.

May the Lord give you increase more and more,

With blessings innumerable,

More than you can imagine,

Above all that you could ask or think,

More than your heart or mind or soul could hold,

Countless blessings,

More than the grains of sand that span vast ocean shores,

More than galaxies of spangled stars, each one called by name,

More and more and more and more and even more

you and your children

extending not only to your bloodline and kindred,

but abounding beyond boundless generations,

out of many tongues and nations

to touch the far-reaches of your posterity,

beyond your legacy that touches eternity

May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children.

Contemporary vocal group, Selah, offers a lively medley of songs including “Standing on the Promises”: