Over the course of this blog post series, we have learned the importance of understanding who the original recipient of a promise is. Sometimes, the promise was made to a people long ago about a situation long ago. It may have felt like I took promise after promise and declared, "This one is not for you!" Today, that changes.
Does any verse of the Bible say, “[fill in your name], I promise you this…”? Unless you have a Bible character’s name, that not going to be reality. Even then, of course, you know you personally have not been addressed. That’s ok. See, we tend to look at the world through the lens of individualism. That’s not how God sees the world. While He sees and cares for each one of us to the point of knowing how many hairs are on our heads (Luke 12:7), He often addresses us as the Church, His Bride.
4 Questions to Discern Bible Promises Made to the Church
There are many promises God has made to the Church - and you are a part of that group if you have accepted Christ as your Savior. When deciding if a promise was made to you/the Church, read the context and ask yourself:
- Is this actually a promise, or is it a different type of statement - possibly the speaker hoping/wishing/praying for something rather than promising it?
- Is this promise made to believers? Is it made to all believers or just a specific person?
- Does this promise seem to pertain to a specific situation? Be careful to apply it to a similar situation rather than accepting it as a general promise.
- Are there any conditions connected to the promise? Keep those in mind.
When reading a Bible promise, always remember: context and conditions!
How to Use this List of Promises
As we look at this list of promises God made to the Church, my challenge to you is this:
- Study each of them in context and ask yourself, “Is this promise made to the Church?” Don’t take my word for it! Check for yourself.
- How does this promise apply to you today? How does it encourage or challenge you? If it’s a conditional promise, are you keeping the condition?
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A List of New Testament Promises
The Promise of Forgiveness and Freedom from Sin
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’” Romans 10:9-11
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.” Revelation 3:5
The Promise of Answered Prayer
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” James 6:14-15
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14
The Promise of His Sovereign Intervention
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
The Promise for Provision
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:9-11
The Promise for Inner Peace
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
The Promise for the Holy Spirit
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17