The Promises of God

Christianity often resembles a myriad of regulations, a constraining system of do’s and don’ts. Churches appear to be only for “righteous people,” and outsiders are shunned at the door.

But we are all sinners, and thus require God’s salvation.

Once saved, we are obligated to follow God’s Word, but God is also obligated to keep His promises to us, His children.

God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt because He had made a promise to their forefather Abraham:

“Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward tehy shall come out with great possessions” (Genesis 15:13-14).

Usually we think that we are obligated to God, but in Exodus He is obligated to rescue the Israelites because of His covenant with them. Or rather, since God is sovereign, He obligated Himself to deliver His people from slavery. Whatever the reason, God always keeps His promises.

When He says He will never leave us or forsake us, He means it. And when He says that Jesus Christ is coming back one day to bring justice to the world, He will.

Salvation is a two-way agreement. Let us strive to keep our part and reap God’s promised reward for us.

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