When we are born again, we are positioned from condemnation to redemption; a process we experience at the time when we first accept the gift of salvation through God’s Son, YAHSHUA. He said, He who believes in God is not judged; will not perish; but will have eternal life. This is a promise the true believer holds onto, believing God will never be tardy with what He promised. Peter assures us that the Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering toward us, not desiring that any should perish but that all should turn to repentance (II Pet. 3:9). God’s promises come to us engraved with His love, which is His signature with the blood of His Son YAHSHUA. A love that surpasses all human love in purity, integrity, in perfection, in unconditionality, and in all adjectives available in any language. Peter describes God’s promises as precious and exceedingly great promises. It is through them that we will escape from moral decay, to become partakers of the divine nature (I:4), it is through His Promised Holy Spirit, Who helps us to endure with all kinds of patience so to persevere in waiting for the day when His promises will be completed in us. God’s promises are not like those of human’s promises, causing brokenness of heart and the loss of faith. His words stand firm in heaven, shining every promise given to men. Deferred hope caused by the brokenness of promises is a result of men’s fall, not caused by God. Paul said, For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their yes in Him. For this reason we also utter the Amen to God through Him to the glory of God. (II Cor. 1:20). There are many promises found in the Bible for those who fear God; but the promise of eternal life is the promise that we wait for eagerly. This promise will be experienced either in death or at the rapture of the church. Although, many people say that it will never happen. One thing we must understand is that our God does not live in a frame of time as we do, but He is infinite in time. A day is to Him as a thousand year and a thousand year as a day. So, who are we to reason God’s eternity outside of the space of time?
The first promise given to men was at the garden of Eden, when they first sinned. It was the promise of redemption. God did not create men to send them to hell, but to have a relationship with them. His love was demonstrated even then at their first act of disobedience and worthy of His judgment. Instead, He took the judgment upon His only Son and rescued men with the promise of eternal life in heaven, His abode. God’s promises are promises to live by. His promises are enduring and He will never fail us. Even when we walk in a dark valley, the valley of death, His promise is that He is with us, no fear of evil is present in His presence. His promises are conditioned upon our acceptance of His sacrifice on the cross and on our obedience to His Word. YAHSHUA said, If you live in Me and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you ( John 15:7). By abiding in Him and His words continuing in our hearts, His promise is that we will have our prayers answered. He promised to come back to fetch us when the place He is preparing for us will be ready. A victor’s crown is promised to those who will fight a good fight of faith and finish the race that is laid before them, according to Paul in his letter to Timothy (II Tim 4:8).
God’s promises are true and reliable. We await and look for our blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior Messiah YAHSHUA (Titus 2:13), a promise that soon will be fulfilled, after thousands of years. Many saints have gone without experiencing it, but God’s timing for the completion of our salvation is according to His purpose, desiring that we all come to experience His salvation. The Word of God is filled with His promises. One of many examples is found in Psalm 91. A psalm well known among many believers, although not fully understood its meaning and purpose. In fact, this psalm should be read together with John 15 for us to get the grasp of what is our part in order to receive the promises that this psalm offers. It is a treasure hidden for those who find refuge in God and who fear Him. It says: Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent, for He will give His angels charge over you in all your way; they shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone (vs. 9-12). The promise of our eternal redemption is found at the end of the psalm: Because he has set his love upon Me, (says the Lord), therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name (vs. 14). That means, by loving God and obeying His Word, He will reward us with salvation; with deliverance, with honor and blessing of life eternal- long life. The promises of Psalm 91 is only for those who are abiding in YAHSHUA and He abiding in them. I ask you a question, where are you abiding? Make sure that you are not abiding in fear; it will give you only torment and separate you from the love of God. Find you a place under the shadow of His wings; and His angels will watch over you; it is a promise He keeps.