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Do you ask, “Are God’s promises in Christ to me?” The Scriptures plainly teach that God’s blessings of grace and salvation are to a covenant people. The Savior bled and died for God’s elect (Jn 10:15). Redemption and forgiveness are for a particular people, the Israel of God. Let there be no confusion or compromise concerning the finished work of Christ. He did not die to redeem all men or to merely make salvation a possibility for all men. The Lord Jesus Christ, as the covenant Surety and Representative of a chosen multitude, came into the world and actually redeemed somebody. And all for whom He died are right now presented perfect and complete before God’s holy throne in a triumphant, risen Savior.
How then are God’s covenant people recognized? What identifies the elect of God and distinguishes them from the perishing world? It’s not a mark that flesh and blood can see. God’s people are the children of promise (Gal 4:28). All of the rich, free blessings of God’s grace are conveyed to them by promise, and received by faith in Christ. You may be thinking, “How can this be? That’s too simple!” Yet, it is profound and impossible for natural man to understand. It is completely spiritual and must be spiritually understood. Unregenerate man cannot receive it, much less comprehend it. It’s totally confusing and perplexing to him. He is a stranger to the covenant, without Christ, having no hope and without God in the world (Eph 2:12). The promises don’t apply to unbelievers. But all men by nature are unbelievers, even God’s elect when they’re in a lost state. How then are God’s children manifested? Here are three things revealed in the word of God
By God’s Effectual Call
The promises of God in Christ are unto those who are called. At Pentecost, Peter stated this fact to the people God had pricked in the heart through his preaching. He said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38-39). God irresistibly calls His people by the Gospel. It goes out in a general manner. The Lord said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). But only God’s elect will hear it with receptive hearts, because they’re effectually called. “Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance” (1 Th 1:4-5).
Do you ask, “Are God’s promises in Christ to me?” Have you been called of God by the Gospel? Has the Spirit of God convinced you of the truth in Christ Jesus the Lord? Is the Gospel message just empty words, or has it been impressed upon your heart with irresistible force? When God calls a person, it’s never vague or ambiguous. He calls His people by name (Jn 10:3).
Through the Faith of Christ
The promises of God flow to sinners through the faith of Christ. “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith” (Rom 4:13). What does that mean? It means that the promise of eternal life is by the faith of Christ and given through Him to all that believe (Gal 3:22). All that God promised in Christ before the world began (Tit 1:2), He manifested by the faithfulness of Christ. True and Faithful is His Name! And it’s through the righteousness of His faithful obedience that God effectually conveys the promises of His grace to chosen sinners. The Savior said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Learn of Christ and you shall find that all of the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God by us (2 Cor 1:20).
Do you ask, “Are God’s promises in Christ to me?” Have you been convinced by the truth and faithfulness of Christ to trust in Him?
Made Near by the Blood
Finally, the promises of God are unto those who are brought near to God by the precious blood of Christ. Only the crucified Redeemer can reconcile a lost wretch. By nature, all men are estranged from God and unbelieving. But God’s elect are made nigh when the Holy Spirit sprinkles our hearts with the blood of Christ. When the blood of God’s Son is applied to the heart, the blood brings the hopeless stranger near to the sure promise and hope of eternal life. That great One, who suffered in agony and blood, speaks in power to the guilty soul, “Come unto me and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). Immediately, at the feet of the crucified Lord, we’re brought into the very presence of God! All of the covenant promises of God, which were once strange and impossible to understand, become clearly understood in the light of Christ’s glory and grace. God’s covenant promises are in a glorious Person! If you have Christ, you have the promises. If you don’t have Him, you’re a stranger to the covenant. “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh… That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:11-13).
Do you ask, “Are God’s promises in Christ to me?” Has the precious blood of Christ been applied to your heart and brought you near to God? Do you now come into God’s presence through the blood of His Son? Do the promises of God in Christ sweetly and irresistibly bring your heart into His presence to receive the blessings of grace through faith in Christ’s blood? Do you live by the promises of God in Christ? Do you partake of God’s promise in Christ by the Gospel? (Eph 3:6). Ask yourself honestly, “Do I believe God?” God’s elect are children of the promise. We’re born of the promise and live by the promise.