1 Corinthians 10:12-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, Faith, Faithful God, God's Faithfulness, Hebrews 10:22-23, Job 13:10, John 15:3-5
Bible Ballistics: BBs #536 Faithful Is HE Who Promised!!!
There is a conundrum (something that puzzles) in speaking of God’s promises, in that not all of His promises may apply to us specifically! What do I mean? Simply put, we must always consider the context of any promise, for some things that people consider ‘promises’ are simply principles of truth instead of promises; and also, some promises are to specific people in specific situations or times. We can never violate the context to claim any promise! Let’s look at some promises and principles.
“And the very God of peace
sanctify you wholly;
and I pray God
your whole spirit
be preserved blameless
unto the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he
that calleth you,
who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Paul was free to pray for his friends in this church—to pray for their sanctification and spiritual maturity unto “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Paul wasn’t speaking for God, but simply praying for his friends, and reminding them to trust The One who was able to grow them, the faithful God who had called them to Christ! Our confidence must always be totally in HIM, not ourselves.
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth
take heed lest he fall.
13 There hath no temptation taken you
but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
There are those who debate what this passage means, and whether it is a promise; but I’d rather simply look at what Paul says! He warns those who think they are ‘above’ stumbling, to take heed and remember that it is God who delivers, keeps and protects—not self! Paul also reminds these believers that “God is faithful”, that we will never face anything that is outside of God’s sovereign control! He assures them—and us—that no matter what temptation or trial we may face, GOD knows where we are, and HEwill provide a means to “able to bear it”! God will get us through it, whether He gets us “out of it”, or as the three Hebrew children in Daniel 3 understood—if it’s not in God’s timing or will to deliver us “out of” the fire—HE is still faithful and will deliver out of or through–and we can trust HIM (so we will not bow before other ‘gods’)!
Job understood this principle of the faithfulness of God, and I pray that we will all learn to trust Him and rest in His promises and His principles—and there is often a difference.
“Though he slay me,
yet will I trust in him:
but I will maintain
mine own ways
before him.” Job 13:10
Job knew that God’s faithfulness was totally trustworthy, but he also understood that he had a responsibility to live a life of integrity before God and man. And we only do that, with our eyes fixed on Jesus, in the power of the cross, and by His indwelling Holy Spirit! Job knew about abiding in God.
“Now ye are clean through the word
which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abidein me,
and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abidein the vine;
no more can ye,
except ye abidein me.
5 I am the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:3-5
So, let us take heart today, no matter the trials or temptations that you/I are facing—our
God is faithful and we can draw near to Him!
“Let us draw near
with a true heart
in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled
from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed
with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast
the profession of our faith
(for he is faithful that promised😉” Hebrews 10:22-23
All because, “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”!
Amen and Amen!