There’s tons of promises in the Bible, but God’s promises to us of the Messiah has to be my favorite!
God’s promises of the Messiah is one the Jews were looking for, and we know that Jesus Christ fulfilled every Word and prophecy. I believe that knowing God’s promises to us as believers is crucial for living a peace-filled, joyful Christian life.
When I was a young Christian I became so excited as I was growing thinking that the more righteous or “good” I became this would bring me closer to the Lord. If everything was perfect in my life, surely God would hear my prayer and fulfil the promises that I would claim.
Sounds kinda like religion, doesn’t it???
If my good works outweigh my bad works, surely one day I’ll make it. Well, I knew better than that because salvation is by grace alone and placing your faith in the finished work that Jesus did on Calvary when He died and rose again the third day. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
But as a Christian, I really lived with the same mindset.
I’ve heard so many Scriptures taken out of context from the Old Testament and did not truly know my identity in Jesus Christ: who He says I am. When I was going through a tough season in my life, I really began studying the New Testament. I begged God to make sense of what I was learning.
Ephesians 1 was the starting point of really learning how treasured I am to God… How salvation is so much more than just a free ticket to Heaven.
I know it’s getting close to Christmas, and to me this is the perfect topic preparing our hearts and minds for all that Jesus did for us. Scripture says in Ephesians 2:12,
“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and
strangers from the covenants of promise,
having no hope, and without God in the world:”
1. Without Jesus we would have no hope of God’s promises.
Before Jesus, all of the promises of God were for the Jewish people.
Many times people ask, “How can I get closer to God?”
I think that’s a good question, but an easy answer. Some people will say, if you stop doing A-Z, you can be close to God. If you start doing A-Z, you will be a better Christian. Well, now that we have Jesus, let us look Biblically at what God’s Word says about that to us, the Gentile people who have been saved.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off
are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
I believe there is power in the name of Jesus. There’s power in His Word, but oh, what power we have in the blood of Christ.
2. Because Jesus was our sacrifice for sin, God’s promises are that we can be close to Him.
How come it feels like sometimes that we aren’t close to Him? Because God’s Word says that we are supposed to be renewing our mind daily. We are to “let this mind be in you” (the mind of Christ). When my husband and I were first married, he would tell me often, “Jackie, the Christian life is all about faith.” I would struggle feeling so overwhelmed with certain things, and I really began learning more about my faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please him” Scripture says.
If you feel like you are not close to God as a Christian, it has little to do with the fact you feel like a “mess up” or “failure” or all the other lies you have believed about yourself.Jackie Marie Carr
The lies you have come to believe about God or you’ll never be a good Christian or you just don’t fit in with “church people” are just not Biblical. Ephesians 2:14 says,
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one,
and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.”
Before Christ, man needed a priest. Man had to kill animals to pay for his sins. Yet, once Jesus came, He was our Lamb once and for all.
There is nothing standing between you and the Savior except your lack of faith or maybe even the understanding of what He has said. That’s why God’s Word is so important because when we read it, study it, memorize it, and listen to preaching it strengthens our faith. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
People would get along with each other if they just understood who they were in Christ. There would be so much more kindness in the church.
Ephesians continues to deal with this topic. If you read chapter 4 starting in verse 3-6 he says, “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
When Christians are unkind, it’s as if they are stabbing or cutting themselves, and even worse doing this to Christ.
Christians are one in Christ. That’s why He tells us to be likeminded. We are all supposed to be living in the mind of Christ, not our flesh. Our flesh wants to bite and devour one another. Our flesh didn’t get saved; it’s wicked. One day, we will have a glorified body, but until then we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, and that’s another one of the sweetest promises we have as Christians.
He will never leave you or forsake you because His Spirit is literally inside of you.
No matter what evil thing has happened in your life, you can still live a life that is close to God.
3. Jesus Christ absolutely abolished and obliterated anything that could come between you and Him.
“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity,
even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”
You know why we can have peace in Christ, because God’s promises were fulfilled- He did it. It is finished.
The separation of God and man that happened when Adam chose sin in the garden. So what are we to do with this information? The next few verses tell us.
“And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
For through HIM we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
This verse doesn’t say that when you have all your ducks in a row or you have confessed all your sins you can be close to Him. God’s Word promises us that we have access to the Father through Jesus Christ.
What keeps us drawing near to Him?
Maybe it’s giving into our flesh, laziness, or even pride thinking that it’s something we can muster up ourselves.
He preached peace to the ones who were far away from Him and to the ones who were already close to Him.
We shouldn’t feel like a stranger in His presence.
We can be in His presence continually. If that were not true, He would have never told us to pray without ceasing.
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19)
I hope this thought encourages you to draw close to God. He’s there. If you don’t feel Him, the battle starts in your mind. Knowing God’s promises and truths He has given to us as Christians is crucial to casting down every dart the enemy throws at you.
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