“STANDING ON THE PROMISES”

  The International Sunday School lesson for October 6th was “The Promise Of A Future.”   This led me to teach on the Covenants of God. The Scripture states in Genesis 15:18, “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram…”  A covenant is a promise, a pledge, a commitment.  This promise has unbelievable dimensions–that Abram would have descendants and that they would be more than the stars he could see and count.  The word “covenant” is used to describe God’s promise to Abram.  The highlight of this incident is seen in verse 6 of this 15th chapter of Genesis which states, “Abram believed the Lord and he credited it to him as righteousness.”  Here it speaks of Abram’s trust that God will fulfill what He has said.  How amazing is that?  So much so, that Paul writes in Galatians 3:6-9 “Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.  The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham:  “All nations will be blessed through you.”  So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”  He is holding out that promise to us (all humanity).  God counts a person in right relationship with Him through their faith in Him.

  God has made several covenants through the ages such as: Covenant with Noah, Covenant with Moses and Covenant with David.  However, all of them were simply leading up to the better covenant which is through Jesus.  Hebrews 8:6 “But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.”   The Old Testament in the book of Jeremiah speaks of this to come, “The time is coming when I will mke a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.”  Jeremiah 31:31 & 33  The Old Covenant was external while the New Covenant is internal.  The New Covenant is free from externalism, formalism, ritualism, and traditionalism. The Hebrew writer declared, “Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He set aside the first to establish the second,. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”    Hebrews 10:9-10 

  I believe that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. ended Judaism. (Luke 19:43-44)  When the city of Jerusalem fall to the Roman Army, the temple was burned, sacrifices stopped and the Levitical priesthood came to an end.

  Our personal covenant with the Lord is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”   Galatians 3:29 “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

  I hope that you can sing with greater meaning one of our favorite hymns:          “Standing On The Promises.”
“Standing on the promises of Christ my King,  Through eternal ages let His praises ring,  Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God.”     STAND ON GOD’S WORD AND BE SECURE.

 

One Response to ““STANDING ON THE PROMISES””

  1. Dear Max: I have always loved the way you relate your writing and biblical lessons with the old hymns. There is so much to be learned in their lyrics. The newer “praise songs” are fine, but I hope the old hymns always remain in church services. And, what better way to bring the congregation to its feet than with an enthusiastic round of “Standing on the Promises”. Thank you for your thoughts today.

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