HIS PROMISES ARE SURE: Devotion for Friday October 21, 2016
Text: 2 Corinthians 1:20 – 24 Memory verse: 2 Corinthians 1 verse 20
In the lives of some bible characters, we have seen that the things God promised them were fulfilled. He promised to save Noah during the deluge if he builds an ark He did it. His promise to bless Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, down to the Apostles all came to pass. For this reason, Apostle Paul in this letter to the Christians in Corinth admonishes them to remain faithful and focused as they await God’s promises which are sure.
We have some lessons in our bible reading for the day.
- That God has made many promises to His people. God made many promises but of great importance and value is the promise of eternal life. Can you mention five promises God has made to us as Christians?
- That all the promises which God has made to His people, are made in Christ, and ratified by Him. In all the promises of God to His people, Christ acts the part and office of a surety; He undertakes and engages for God, that all which He has promised shall be made good to us.
- That the promises made by God, and ratified and confirmed in Christ, do all tend to the glory of God. This is what present Christians should understand. God didn’t promise anything that will not glorify Him.
Paul gave the reason for his desired trip to Corinth; to bring joy (1:24). He didn’t want to visit them only to rebuke them severely (1:23). Just as the Corinthians could trust God to keep His promises, they could trust Paul as God’s ambassador to keep his. He would still visit them, but at a better time. All of God’s promises of what the Messiah would be like are fulfilled in Christ.
Jesus was completely faithful in His ministry; He never sinned (1 Pet. 3:18); He faithfully died for us (Heb 2:9); and now He faithfully intercedes for us (Rom 8:34; Heb 4:14-15). Because Jesus Christ is faithful, Paul worked to be faithful in his ministry and so we are expected to be faithful too. How faithful are you in your call as a Christian?
Food for Thought: Do you know your worth in the eyes of God as a Christian?
Prayer: Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, make me faithful as I live my life with your promises in view in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.