This week Bro. Leo continues us on a study of the importance of our faith in the promises of God.
God’s promises are meant to be experienced in our daily lives. In 2Peter 1:3-4 the word “life” is translated from the Greek word “zōē” meaning spiritual life. The word “knowledge is translated from the Greek word “epignōsis” meaning intimate knowledge (intimate knowledge via personal relationship). The word “partaker” is translated from the Greek word “koinōnos” meaning receiver, experiencer, partaker.
The principle set forth in 2Peter 1:3-4 is God’s promises are meant to be experienced in our daily lives. There should be a conscience reality of receiving God’s promises. If we read the promises of God and don’t receive them they are just useless words on a piece of paper.
God’s promises are specific, clear and personal to each of us and faith in those promises are the only qualifying factor needed to receive them (Mark 11:24, Matt. 9:28-29).
If we are not experiencing the promises of God it is because we don’t believe we will, either because we convince ourselves the promises are not for us or that we don’t deserve them, God performs the promises not us (Rom.4:21). The promises of God are not earned they are gifts from God (Rom.4:21).
God wants us to experience His promises so that we can look back on our experiences and praise and thank Him for His promises. This builds/strengthens our faith looking forward in the promises of God.
The first promise of God that a born again believer experiences is our salvation experience (Titus 1:2, Luke 24:45-49). We are to experience the gift of the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation (Acts 2:38-39, Luke 24:49). We are to know when we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (2Cor.13:5).
Every born again believer should be able to tell folks about their salvation experience promise as well as all the other promises of God we experience.
Scriptures used in today’s study:
2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Gen 18:9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
Gen 18:10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
Gen 18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
Gen 18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
Gen 18:13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
Gen 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Rom 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Luk 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Luk 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luk 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luk 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
Luk 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?