On November the 20th 2005, Mr D. Abson gave a talk entitled:
What does God promise you?
The following is a resume of notes of taken at the lecture.
The Bible is the Word of God. Every word is important. By reading it, we will find out what God's purpose is. Read 2 Corinthians 6:14 to 7:1.
This reading refers to "these promises" i.e. those mentioned in verses 16,18:
- God will dwell in us - if we separate ourselves to Him
- He will be a Father to us
- We will be His sons and daughters
Therefore we must (2 Corinthians 7:1) cleanse ourselves.
Let's consider some of God's promises to people of old:
- Genesis 3 (after the first act of disobedience) vs. 14,15 - a "seed" or descendant to come who would conquer sin (Jesus)
- Genesis 12:1-3 - through Abraham and his descendants, all nations will be blessed (by the removal of sin through a Saviour (Galatians 3:13,14).Cp Genesis 17:6,8.<./li>
- A promise to King David - 2 Samuel 7:12-16 - a king who will not only be a descendant of David, but also the Son of God, who will set up an everlasting kingdom on earth; not Solomon, because the temple he built was not "for ever"; David was still alive when Solomon came to the throne, whereas 2 samuel 7:12 says the promise would be fulfilled "when thy (David's) days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee??." That king was to be Jesus as Luke 1:31-33 shows.
- Daniel 9:24-27 - a prophecy about Messiah, David's descendant, and Adam's descendant, and his death, and the destruction of Jerusalem, which happened in AD70, just 36-37 years after Jesus died.
- Isaiah 53 tells of Messiah's suffering and sacrifice by which he will save many.
- Isaiah 57:15 - God promises to dwell with the humble (compare 2 Corinthians 6:14 to 7:1)
- Isaiah 60:1-3 - the Gentiles are included in the promises, not just the physical descendants of Abraham.
- Isaiah 65:19 - no more weeping; Israel and Jerusalem to be re-established.
- Isaiah 66:1,2 - God will dwell, not in a temple like Solomon's, but with the humble.
The promises are all brought together in, for example, Luke 1:31-33 - "the throne of his father David" - Jesus is to fulfil the promise made to David in 2 Samuel 7; "reign over the house of Jacob for ever" - Jacob was the grandson of Abraham to whom the great promise in Genesis 12 was made; "and of his kingdom there shall be no end" - as God had promised David.
Luke 4:16-19 - see the rest of the quotation from Isaiah 61 that Jesus didn't read - Isaiah 61:1,2 - the day of God's judgment and the setting up of the Kingdom has still to come! John 14:1-3 - the house Jesus refers to is the house of believers in whom God will dwell, brought into being through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Galatians 3:13-14,16 - How to be Abraham's seed? Vs. 26-29 - by baptism in faith into the death and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins ("In thee and in thy seed shall all families of the earth be blessed" Genesis 12:3).
1 John 2:25 - in this way, we obtain the great promises of God, which is eternal life in His Son.
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