I Promise You
The preacher A. W. Tozer, known to be a spiritual mentor to the “growing in grace” Christian, made a most powerful statement concerning your Christianity and mine: “What comes to our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” May our thoughts then rise to one of the most important things about God, a most cherished attribute: HE KEEPS HIS WORD. So, dear child of God, may it be said of you: I believe in the precious promises of God as given by HIS WORD to me as his child. In essence HE IS SAYING “I promise you” regarding the blessings found in His Word, to be fulfilled in lives lived for him. That speaks volumes when it comes to the character of God, and who he is, and then to us, who we are, receptive to and being transformed by his Word, Result: We are then reflecting his glorious character (who HE IS), being “conformed into the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). You see, when it comes down to who he is, “The LORD liveth in truth” (Jeremiah 4:2), and so can we. As the Lord lives in truth, and as “Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20), Jesus is our “way, the TRUTH and the life” (John 14:6). Then, there a life is being changed, being found in living truth as we are in his living way. You see, the very promise of LIFE rests in and on who HE IS and what we can be IN HIM: He is “the true God, and eternal life” (I John 5:20). “And we are in him (LIFE) that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ” (v. 20). And that life in him is eternal “which God, that CANNOT LIE promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2). Now, here’s our spiritual assignment, “Do you have a desire for all of his promises to be real to life (yours), and then becoming of HIS promise of life fulfilled in you? How about his Word to have a lasting real effect for a life lived with promising fullness?” If you do, read on, in the context of the inspired words of Preacher Peter and Preacher Paul.
So then, a fulfilling life it is, regarding the Christian living in the promise-keeping power of God. Peter speaks of God’s exceptional promises concerning your life in him NOW: “According as his divine power hath (God) given us all things that pertain unto LIFE (there it is: life from HIM) and godliness through the knowledge of him (knowing him personally through the Word as a Spirit-filled, born-again believer) that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). The Apostle, in context, is reminding us that it is all by “grace and peace be(ing) multiplied unto you through (that) knowledge of God (knowing him personally) and of Jesus Christ our Lord” (v. 2). Next on the exhortation list is Paul’s admonition to Titus, who helps us in bringing these living truths home concerning God’s promises, directly related to our walk of faith. Paul teaches us that the “faith of God’s elect” involves your personal “acknowledging of the truth” (Titus 1:1). So, in essence, what Holy Spirit inspiration is challenging us to do is this: If the believer desires truth to be alive in him, he needs to be living in his Word; then, the promises of God become a spiritual reality. There must be an acknowledgement, namely a desire for a full accepting recognition of God’s Word; one must be devoted to a discerning, devoted study and adherence to THE BOOK.
That’s not all; then, for God’s promises to be appreciated in a living way, there must also be an “acknowledging,” a recognition of HIS LIVING truth “which is after GODLINESS” (Titus 1:1). Then, in context, regarding those “exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers (possessing a companion relationship with God) of the divine (HIS) nature, having escaped the corruption of the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). Those promises are given to assist us in our walk IN HM, WITH HIM (in the divine nature), living above the corruption of the world. The new nature given by HIM is there for us, fitting us with a desire for a living receptive response to his “exceeding great and precious promises.” The reality of it all is this: as the Lord is living in you, and as you are purposefully living in him, there is a direct relation to the Lord’s promised WORD coming alive IN YOU, assisting you in being partakers of his divine nature (v. 4). In reality, it comes down to this: “Dear Lord, because of who you are, what you have all promised, I now desire to live in the power of the newness of life that you have given to me.” Then, when God is so real to you in that Spirit-filled life challenge, “You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love him and obey him” (Tozer).