Larry Sitz Kedron Church of Christ
October 31, 2013
How many times have your friends, loved ones, and acquaintances let you down? People deceive, lie, and break their promises to us quite often. Many couples vow to be faithful until death, then are unfaithful and divorced in a year or two. Our government daily breaks their solemn oath and agreement with us to uphold our constitution. In this day and age it seems as if a person’s word and promise means absolutely nothing.
With God this is not so, for what God promises, He will do. Although it will be in his own good time, what He says, He will do. (II Peter 3:9) Ever since the transgression of Adam and Eve, God promised that man would die. God stands true to his promise, for after a few short years, all men die and leave this earth. God, the great “I Am,” promised to be with Moses in leading the children of Israel out of Egypt and so he was (Exodus 3:12). All through the old testament, God foretold and promised that He would send us a Savior. True to his word, God sent his Son into this sinful world for the salvation of mankind (Acts 13:23). These are unconditional promises that did and do happen through the will and truth of God.
Most of God’s promises to man are conditional. God says, I will do this, if you will do that. The fact that “the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men” (Titus 2:11), does not mean that all men will be saved unconditionally. God promises that He will make us free, but only if we learn and know his truth (John 8:31-32). Studying and living God’s word will transform us into the like image of Jesus as we mature in his truth. We are commanded to study to show ourselves approved unto God (II Tim.2:15) and to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18). Ignorance of God’s truth is no excuse, for we have the word of God, and his word is truth (John 17:17). The word of God is a mirror that reflects exactly who and what we are (II Cor. 3:18). Jesus says, “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:15-16). This is another conditional promise of our salvation, if we will believe and be baptized. It sounds simple, because it is simple. God’s promises are always straight forward, to the point, and simple. We are to obey and do the will of the Father in heaven, as a condition of entrance into the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 7:21). In John 14:1-3, Jesus promised there are many mansions in heaven for us and that He will return again to receive the faithful to be with him. But here again, we see that we have a condition to meet. “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give unto thee the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).
We can rest assured that God is faithful and will keep his promises to us. But please don’t forget another promise God has made to mankind. He has promised to come, “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them who know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ”(II Thes. 1:8) If we refuse to live for him, He will send us into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt.25:41). This also is his promise to us, and remember, God always keeps his promises.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455