Promise Keeper

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God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Often, we hold God to the standards of man, expecting from Him what we would expect from each other.  How foolish.  As posted yesterday, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8–9, NIV 1984).

There are many things that we could apply this to, but the most sobering is this.  “A time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5:28–29, NIV 1984).  The words “those who have done good” and “those who have done evil,” by themselves seem to imply a salvation by good deeds or damnation because of evil deeds.   But a consideration of John’s Gospel as a whole clearly discredits this implication.  Those genuinely born again (“done good“) live a transformed life. They obey Him, they abide in Him, and they walk in the light as He is in the light. They are saved by the Lamb of God who, as their substitutionary Sacrifice, takes away the penalty of their sin. Salvation is by faith in Christ. Damnation is because of rejection (“done evil”) of God’s Son. ( from Blum, E. A. (1985). John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 291). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.).

It is a two-edged sword:

Does he promise and not fulfill?God will not renege on His promise of eternal life to “those who have done good” by accepting His Son.

Does he speak and then not act?Nor will God let slide the condemnation of “those who have done evil,” by rejecting His Son.

My Advice – Do not count on things just working out in the end, or that God will change His mind.  To “rise to be condemned” is final.  Today is the only day we have to count on. Tomorrow we may not rise from our sleep.  For man is “destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”  (Hebrews 9:27, NIV 2011).  “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”  Do good. Accept Christ today.  Read my musings on “The Born Again Experience” to find out how you can do this.