“And this is the promise that He has promised – eternal life.” (1 John 2:25)
Throughout our lives people have made us promises. Some genuine, some not so much. My grandfather taught me that “when you make a promise, you look a man straight in the eye and give him a firm handshake. Your giving him your word and you must keep it. If, for some reason you cannot keep your word you got to him with your hat in your hand (showing respect and humility) and tell him why. You apologize and seek his understanding and forgiveness and make it right.” Good words I have tried to live by.
To Whom Is This Promise Made?
To everyone who believes, “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 2:39)
What if I am not called? That is foolish. The Apostle John wrote, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
You see, God is “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
How Do I Know If God Will Keep His Promises?
Jesus does not lack the ability to keep His promises, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18)
Second, God makes good on His promises: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). He cannot lie and He will do it! The Word of God is full of promises that God has kept and some future one’s that have yet to be fulfilled. And because He has kept His past promises, His future one’s are as good as done!
What Is Eternal Life?
Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3). Again, the Apostle John wrote, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:11-12). Eternal life is more than just living forever (although living forever with God sounds pretty cool!). Eternal life is living as God intended, in fellowship with Him through Jesus forever.
In Every Circumstance We Must Remind Ourselves of This Promise
Remember what Paul the Apostle wrote to the Roman Christians, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18). What awaits us far exceeds what we presently endure. Again, Paul the Apostle wrote, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). God is working His eternal purposes in us, preparing us to live with Him forever.
No Matter Your Circumstance, Always Take It To God
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (John 11:28-30)
Think about it…