I have studied in the book of Romans, chapter 4, verses 13-25, preparing to write a bible study on this book as well as preparing to lead a class through this book. The Holy Spirit got my attention with the word Promise. In these verses, the word promise is used five times. I have learned that anytime a word is repeated in scripture the writer is alerting the reader to an important truth. Wanting to know how many more times it was used in the Scriptures, I did a little research, and found that the word promise, promises, and promised are used 123 times (this includes both the Old and the New Testament). My search was done by looking on www.blueletter.com under the NASB translation of the Bible. All but eight times these references were related to God Himself. That ia a total of 115 times.
In Romans 4:21, we learn that Abraham was fully assured that what God promised, He was also able to perform.
Tucked into this passage is God’s promise of justification to those who believe in Him and believe that He raised Christ from the dead and, for those who believe by faith not by their own works, that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. I want you to read the verse for yourself; It is so exciting! I pray the Holy Spirit open your heart and mind to see this wonderful truth.
For this reason,(through the righteousness of faith, not works) it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance to grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law(The Jew) but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham (The Gentiles) who is the father of us all.
Do you see what this verse teaches? A believer is justified by God, through the atoning work of His Son, Jesus Christ. God was satisfied with the sacrifice of His Son to wash away the sins of His people. By GRACE, God has justified and declared us righteous. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the sinner. I, you, or anyone has to, or can, work for salvation. It is by grace through faith that we are saved! Repent and believe.
What does Promise have to do with this? We have a God who keeps His promises. Titus 1:2, teaches that God cannot lie, He promised long ages ago the hope of eternal life. Remember what Abraham believed? What God promised, He was able to do! Do you believe as Abraham did?
I do not always keep my promises .I learned a long time ago not to promise my kids or anyone else anything. I cannot always keep those promises. BUT, God can and does. He is faithful! Be encouraged and strengthened by this verse:
For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore through Him is our amen to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20
Earlier in this post I said that I do not promise my kids or anyone else anything. May I retract that just a bit? I do promise everyone that God does, will, and can keep every promise He has ever made!