God's Greatest Promise

J. D. Conley
November 20, 2016

From the beginning, God has given many varied and marvelous promises to mankind. Far beyond the material promises He has made, are the wonderful spiritual declarations . He has bestowed upon the entirety of the human race. For those who are obedient to His will God has pledged to shower them with "all spiritual blessings in Christ," (Ephesians 1:3). Unlike man, God is able and willing to keep everyone of His promises. In fact, one of the promises He has made is that "it [is] impossible for [him] to lie," (Hebrews 6:18). The verse before says this: "Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath." How much more certain could this truth be worded? God has promised to keep His promise! It is utterly impossible for Him to break a single promise. Isn't it a great comfort to us to know this?

Not only is it great to know God keeps every promise He has made, it is also great to know what His greatest promise is. The inspired apostle John words it this way: "And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (1 John 2:25). This promise, apart from all others, makes it worth whatever we have to do, give up, or lose as a child of God.

Could man envision a greater blessing than eternal life? He might scorn the idea if he alone had eternal life in this dark and dying world. Who would want to live forever here after loved ones have passed on? But John later informs us that the eternal life God is vowing, is to be enjoyed in Heaven, a perfect place with perfect people. An addendum to (1 John 2:25) are these soothing and promised words, "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" (Revelation 21:4).

Even though we are God's children we must recognize the difference between a promise and a possession. Eternal life is not yet possessed by us. It is promised to us conditionally. Life eternal can be ours and will be ours pro vided we remain faithful.

John says in the preceding verse, "If that which ye heard...abide in you" (1 John. 2:24).

Above everything else, don't miss out on God's greatest promise!