Our faithful God has given us the promise of eternal life (Heb 10:23; 1 Jn 2:25), by which we are looking for a new heavens and a new earth, the place of righteousness (2 Pet 3:13). These have been promised to those who love Him, heirs of the kingdom (Jas 2:5), who will receive the crown of life (Jas 1:12). They are called to receive the promise of the eternal inheritance (Heb 9:15), being heirs of the promise (Heb 6:17).
The children of promise (Rom 9:8) are believers in the promises (Rom 9:4). They are fully assured that God is able to perform what He has promised (Rom 4:21), as did the believer, Abraham (Rom 4:20). God has given His promises, and He has given the grace for His elect to have faith in them, apart from the Law (Rom 4:13).
The promises are found in the Gospel of God, which is found in the holy Scriptures (Rom 1:2), and it is Christ who has confirmed the promises given to the fathers (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob — Rom 15:8). And not to their blood descendants, only, but also to the Gentiles (Gal 3:14). The promise of Christ’s coming was complemented by the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit (Ezek 36).
The seed of promise to Abraham, teaches us that God’s promises are all about a personal relationship. First came the covenant of grace and its promise that God would have a right relationship to His chosen people. Next came the Law, some four hundred thirty years later (Gal 3:17), but the Law would not change the means by which the promise of eternal inheritance would be realized, that is, by faith in the covenant promises (Gal 3:14–22).
When the seed of promise, Jesus Christ, came from heaven to earth, His purpose was to bring many sons to glory, saving His people from their sins (Mt 1:21). Christ was the covenant promise, and Christ fulfilled the covenant promise. God gave His Word by an oath and His Word, being true, was fulfilled.
Christ Jesus Himself is eternal life. He who has the Son of God has eternal life (1 Jn 5:12). The promised Holy Spirit is the giver of this life. When one receives the Holy Spirit (Lk 24:49; Acts 1:4; 2:33), she has received the covenant promises and their fulfillment. All the promised blessings of God are in Christ, who alone cut the covenant on the cross to secure what was promised by God to Him.
Before creation, God the Father gave God the Son a people for His own possession, that is, the bride of Christ, the church, the Israel of God (1 Pet 2:9; Eph 5:25; Gal 6:16). By being the faithful covenant partner, fulfilling the requirements of the Law, being the unblemished Lamb of God and faithful High Priest, Jesus Christ served His elect people by becoming the mediator of the new and better covenant (Heb 12:24).
The covenant of grace found its long-anticipated fulfillment. The types and shadow had become realities. The promise was made to the fathers (Acts 13:32), in whom is our hope (Acts 26:6–7), and we join with the great cloud of witnesses (Heb 11), who receive the Word and found Him faithful to all that was promised.
Christians have received the promise of His kingdom, albeit, in part, as a token of better things to come. In this, we are on common ground with the saints of the Old Testament church, who embraced the promise of Messiah’s first advent. We share in this living hope of Christ’s second advent, whereby, the covenant promise of our eternal inheritance will be fully realized. We shall be face to face with our Savior. We shall see Him as He is, and we shall be like Him, in the full manifestation of His glory. We will be glorified in His likeness for all eternity.
Then, the promises of God, sealed with His oath and covenant will be fulfilled for all whom the Father chose, whom Christ died for, and whom the Spirit secured.
Spokane Valley, Washington
October 17, 2021