Bruised Head & Bruised Heel
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15
This promise is fulfilled in the incarnation and through the crucifixion of Jesus. In God’s infinite mercy our redemption is purchased.
Father of Nations, Father of faith
“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojourning, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:4-6
Through Abraham , we are justified by faith and not the law. By this same faith, the righteous will live and bring pleasure to God.
Son of David
“When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.'” 2 Samuel 7:12-16.
This promise remains true with Jesus, in whom this promise finds its fulfillment. The Son of David is permanently seated on the throne. And His kingdom shall never come to an end.
I will be with you
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2
No one should do life alone. God has always wanted to walk in closed friendship and fellowship with man. His promise remains true – he is a friend that sticks closer in every stage of life.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-23
How many of us blow it all the time. We are all prune to wander (feel me?) What God promises is a clean slate when we slip, mistake, and drift.
He loves us oh – How He loves us
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:16-18
The love of God is rich and pure, marvelous, measureless. It is persistent and everlasting. It comes after us even in our rebellion, indifference and resistance. This love never fails.
I will built my Church
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19
A few verses earlier, Peter had made a powerful confession. It was on that confession and the power of the truth he confessed that Jesus promised to build his church. He hasn’t failed.
Spirit break out
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Acts 2:17-21
When we read the book of Acts, we see the Holy Spirit at work in a powerful way. In these last days, God has promised to pour out his Spirit upon all flesh, with times of refreshing.
Chosen before the foundation of the world
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be Holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ.” Ephesians 3:2-10
In his infinite grace, he has lavished his love and affection upon us. It is nice to know that from the creation of the world, even up to the time he hung upon the cross – he had me on his mind.
Booked for Life
“The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.” Revelation 3:5
God will do a roll call one of these days. He will open his book and start calling names. We will hear our names if we remain in Him, and in his love. Those who conquer will enter into his rest.