What are the Promises of God?
The Bible is a treasure chest full of God’s promises.
But too many Christians don’t know God’s promises. It’s like God gives us a treasure chest full of gold coins – but we don’t open it. We leave it closed.
But God wants us to open the treasure chest and see all the riches that we have in His promises. He wants us to see the riches – and use the riches.
So – what are the promises of God?
Here are six categories I find helpful –
Heart-Satisfaction – God promises to satisfy me fully and forever in Jesus Christ.
We all long for heart-satisfaction. We all crave joy, pleasure, and beauty.
But nothing else gives us the pleasure we crave. Because the pleasure we crave can only be found in God – knowing God as He is revealed in Jesus Christ.
That’s what David says in Psalm 16:11 (he’s speaking to God) –
In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
We can also see this promise in Psalm 36:7-9; Psalm 63:1-2; Psalm 73:25-26; John 6:35; Philippians 3:8; 1 Peter 1:8.
But there’s a problem. Because of our sin we’ve been cut off from God’s presence and face His wrath forever. Which is why the next promise is so precious –
Forgiveness – God promises to forgive me through faith in Christ so I can experience His heart-satisfying presence forever.
We have sinned and faced God’s punishment. But on the Cross Jesus was punished in our place.
And so – when we trust Him as Savior, Lord, and Treasure – everything changes –
- God forgives our sin — so we will not be punished by Him (1Jo 1:9; Rom 8:1).
- God covers our remaining sin with Jesus’ perfect righteousness — and responds to us as if we were perfectly righteous (2Cor 5:21).
- God gives us His Spirit by whom we experience His heart-satisfying presence (John 7:37-38).
- God will raise us from the dead so that forever we will have the joy of knowing God in Christ (John 11:25-26).
All of this happens by faith alone in Christ alone (Eph 2:8-9).
But faith is not easy. We are tempted to turn back to trusting other things to satisfy us. So how can I be sure I will keep trusting Christ until heaven? That’s the next promise –
Perseverance – God promises to keep me strong in faith so I can experience His heart-satisfying presence forever.
How can I be sure I will not fall away from the faith and end up facing God’s judgment?
You can be sure – because God has promised. He has promised that if you are truly trusting Him now – then He will keep you from falling away, He will keep you in the faith all the way to heaven.
That’s what Paul says in Philippians 1:6 –
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
You can also see this promise in Jer 32:40; Eze 36:26-27; John 10:28-29; Jude 1:24-25.
And how can I be sure this perseverance will be worth it? That’s the next promise –
Reward – God promises to reward my life of faith with even more heart-satisfaction in Him now and forever.
God promises that, as we trust and obey Him, He will reward us with even more heart-satisfaction in Him – in this life and in the life to come.
That’s what Jesus promises in John 14:21 –
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
You can also see this promise in Mat 5:8; Mat 25:23; John 14:23; Rom 8:13; Heb 12:14; Rev 21:6-7.
But what about trials?
Trials – God promises to orchestrate every trial in my life to bring me even more heart-satisfaction in Him now and forever.
Sometimes God delivers us from trials. This shows us more of God than we would have seen otherwise – which increases our heart-satisfaction in Him (John 9:1-2).
But other times God meets us in the trials. He uses the trials to bring us even closer to Him. As a result we experience Him more deeply than we would have otherwise — which increases our heart-satisfaction in Him.
You can see this in 2Cor 4:16-18; 2Cor 12:9-10; 1Pe 1:6-7; 1Pet 4:14.
There’s one more crucial promise –
Everything Else – God promises to provide everything else I need in such a way that I will most fully enjoy Him now and forever.
God does not promise to give everything we want. But He does promise to give everything we need to be fully satisfied in Him.
This includes finances (Matt 6:33), strength (Phil 4:13), family and friends (Matt 19:6; 1Cor 12:18), and wisdom (James 1:5).
And He will provide these in the right amount and at the perfect time to give us the greatest joy in Him now and forever (Rom 8:35-39; Phil 4:11-12).
What this means for you
Notice that the focus of every promise is God – that in Jesus Christ, God will be our heart-satisfying treasure now and forever.
Imagine looking ahead to a future in which the God of the universe is passionately committed to doing everything necessary to bring us the infinite joy of knowing Him now and forever.
That’s our future — through trusting Jesus Christ.
When we see this, when we trust all that God promises to be to us in Christ, we will be transformed.
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