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The Power of the Eternal Promise

The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. –Galatians 3:16-18

Can I encourage you with something today? The promise came first.

Before we were conceived, before we were born, before we took our first breath, before we sinned the first time, before we rejected Him the first time, before we ever failed–the promise was there.

A covenant of grace through faith had been established. It was spoken and begun in Abraham, was carried out through Jesus, and continues to this day.

The Apostle Paul is making a very important point here. The Galatians started out in faith then began believing people who said they had to obey all of the law to get to God. If the law of Moses had come first, then yes.

But the Law didn’t come first, the promise did.

The law could not and did not set aside the promise. Whatever has been in your life–for better or worse–does not set aside the promise. It was established all those centuries ago and there is nothing you or I can do to stop it. All we can do is accept it by faith.

The Law showed us that righteousness apart from God was not in our ability to grasp. What is impossible for man though is possible for God.

Your sin, your failure, your frustration, your disappointment, your heartache, your brokenness, your good deeds, your lack… none of this negates the promise. None of this interrupts His love even for a millisecond. The covenant of love and blessing began before any of that.

This is why it’s imperative that we experience the love of God: reflect on it, meditate on it. I join the Apostle Paul and pray for me and you that we would grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, recognizing that nothing is strong enough to separate us from it (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Many may be tempted to believe they’re too far gone or they’ve messed up too bad to still be in God’s plan, but remember the promise came first. It won’t be set aside for anything and there’s no “Plan B” because those who believe Jesus is the Christ, the Savior, are new creations and renewed day by day.

I don’t know about you, but I stand in awe and thankfulness to God for His wisdom and love. I pray you will live and walk in the destiny and purpose for which you were created because He never changes.

And that promise? It reverberates not only in history, but eternity.

Are you encouraged by this as I am? What are your thoughts?


This week is fall break for the kids so we’re taking a little trip for a couple days to Missouri.

This will be my only post this week, but I pray you are blessed
and walking in a greater sense of His love and goodness!

6 Comments

  1. I rely on those promises Jason. If not for them, why live for Him? He made a promise to Abe and He made promises down through the years. Kept them all. I KNOW I can trust Him.
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    • Yes! We wouldn’t have a breath in our lungs except He spoke it all into being. We are completely and wonderfully dependent on His eternal word. Thank you, Bill.

  2. Amen to God’s promises, Jason! As Bill said above, He’s kept them all, and we can always count on Him
    Blessings!

    • He is always faithful and never fails! Thanks so much, Martha.

  3. Yes. I’m encouraged by this reminder. It’s so easy to get down about all that we lack, but He lacks nothing. Only in humility can we find this Truth.

    • So many lacks… yet in Him, there is restoration and perfect redemption. Well worth contemplating for sure. Thank you, Floyd.

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