Daily Devotion for April 18, 2017

'Promises in Christ Jesus'

2 Peter 1:1-4 NAS
Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature...

2 Corinthians 1:20
For as many as are the promises of God, in (Jesus Christ) they are yes...

When reading God's Word, have you ever noticed how many “precious and magnificent promises” we Believers have in Christ Jesus? Take a moment today to consider some of the New Testament promises given us (brought to you by gotquestions.org)...

Some of Jesus’ promises in the Gospels:
1) Jesus promised rest (Matthew 11:28–30). Burdens are lifted at Calvary.
2) Jesus promised abundant life to those who follow Him (John 10:10). Following Jesus brings us more spiritual fulfillment than we could have anticipated. We leave boring behind.
3) Jesus promised eternal life to those who trust Him (John 4:14). The Good Shepherd also promised to hold us securely (“No one will snatch them out of my hand” John 10:28), and freedom from darkness (John 12:46).
4) Jesus promised to prepare a place for those who belong to Him (John 14:1,2).
5) Jesus promised to be “with” His followers to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).
6) Jesus promised guidance, revelation, joy, and peace from the Holy Spirit (John 16;13,20-24,33).
7) Jesus promised His disciples power from on high (Acts 1:8). In this power, they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6, ESV).
8) Jesus promised that He will return for us (John 14:2–3). From then on, we will be with Him always.

Some of the New Testament Promises:
1) God promised salvation to all who believe in His Son (Romans 1:16–17). There is no greater blessing than the free gift of God’s salvation.
2) God promised that all things will work out for good for His children (Romans 8:28). This is the broader picture that keeps us from being dismayed by present circumstances.
3) God promised comfort in our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). He has a plan, and one day we will be able to share the comfort we receive.
4) God promised new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation is the beginning of a brand-new existence.
5) God promised every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Whereas, in the Old Testament, Israel had the promise of physical blessing, the church today has been promised spiritual blessings “in the heavenly realms.” Our inheritance is reserved for us (1 Peter 1:4).
6) God promised to finish the work He started in us (Philippians 1:6). God does nothing in half measures. He started the work in us, and He will be sure to complete it.
7) God promised peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6–7). His peace is protection. It will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.”
8) God promised to supply our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19). Not that we get everything we want, but our needs will be taken care of. We are more valuable than the birds, and our Heavenly Father feeds them (Matthew 6:26).

Brothers and Sisters in Christ: praise God today for His many “precious and magnificent promises!” These promises find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ! His divine promises are not given to quiet us, to keep us hopeful for a while—they are given us because He means to DO as He has said: “in (Jesus Christ) they are YES!”


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