The Promises of God

J. D. Conley
August 25, 2013

The grand old hymn, "Standing On The Promises" is widely loved. It's cherished because it speaks of, and extols the unbreakable promises of Almighty God. The Bible informs us God cannot lie (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18). This truth produces a deep and abiding affection for His promises. How reassuring that in this ever changing, unreliable world, there is a constant on which mankind can depend: the promises of God!

But let us recognize the distinction that must be made between God's unconditional promises and His conditional promises. God promised Noah never to destroy the earth again by water (Genesis 9:11). He has promised all must die (Hebrews 9:27).

Furthermore, God has promised that the world will be destroyed by fire on the day of Judgment (2 Peter 3:10). All of these promises are unconditional.

What are some of God's conditional promises? The forgiveness of sins is a paramount conditional promise of His. Many reject this truth, but rejection does not break God's promise. The alien sinner must "Come" to Jesus, "Take" His yoke, and "Learn" of Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Salvation depends on meeting Christ on His terms (John 8:24; Luke 13:3,5; Matthew 10:32-33; Mark 16:16; Revelation 2:10).

For the believer, the forgiveness of sins is also conditional. The believer can lose his or her salvation. If not, why did the apostles write much of the New Testament to people who were already believers/Christians? (cf. 1 John 1:7-9; James 5:16; 2Peter 3:17).

The next time "Standing On The Promises" is sung, keep in mind that God will keep both His conditional and unconditional promises. This too is a promise on which to stand!