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As we enter 2014, let us remember the promises of God in the Bible. The Lord Jesus Christ promised that “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).
If a person comes by faith to Christ for salvation, he will never be rejected. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Paul was convinced that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Believers in Christ will experience God’s love forever.
Christ promised his followers, “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” The abiding presence of Christ provides help to believers no matter what comes their way.
Christ has promised to return for believers and take them to heaven: “I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” This is the blessed hope of Christians, which moved the apostle John to say, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
Christ also has promised that there will be “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be,” (Matthew 24:21).
While this is an ominous warning to unbelievers, it is a comfort to believers to realize that some day “all that do wickedly, shall be stubble.” God has promised that wickedness will be eliminated from the earth.
The Bible promises that God’s kingdom will come, and that Christ will rule over this world for a thousand years and then for eternity.
The government of the world “shall be upon his (Christ’s) shoulder,” and “of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end ... to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever,” (from Isaiah 9: 6-7).
Mankind’s dream of a world filled with peace and righteousness will someday be fulfilled through the zeal of the Lord of hosts.
The Bible also promises that a new heaven and a new earth will replace our present universe (Rev. 21-22). A holy city, new Jerusalem, will descend from God out of heaven.
There will be “no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain,” and God will make all things new. That city will have streets of gold, gates of pearl and foundations made out of precious stones.
Its light will be provided by the glory of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and no darkness or sin will ever enter there. There will be a pure river of water of life proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb, and a tree of life will provide fruit and healing for the nations.
Best of all, believers of all ages will see the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and serve him forever (Rev. 22:3-4), and he will feed them as his sheep, lead them unto living fountains of waters, and wipe away all tears from their eyes (Rev. 7:17).
As a new year begins, are you standing on the promises of God?
Bob Lanning is pastor of Cornerstone Bible Church