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Satan's "If" vs. God's "Amen"


Satan's Lying "Ifs" Demolished By God's Faithful "Amen"

by Dr. Paul M. Elliott

 

Part 6 of a series. Read part 5.

Christian, whenever Satan comes at you with his implied lies, lean on God's promises.

If you are a Christian, people are going to ask you questions: "Why do you believe the Bible?" "How do you know the Bible is true?" The answer is this: Because God always keeps His promises.

People are going to ask you, "How do you know that Jesus Christ is the one and only Way, the one and only Truth, the one and only Life? How can you be so sure?" The answer is the same: Because God always keeps His promises.

People are going to ask you: "Why are you living the way you live? Why is it different?" (I trust that they notice that your life is different.) The answer is the same once again: I am endeavoring, by the grace of God, to live a life that pleases God, because God always keeps His promises.

A More Sure Word of Prophecy

In Second Peter 1:19 the apostle says this: "We have also a more sure word of prophecy." In the original language it actually reads like this: "We also have the prophetic word made more sure."

What exactly does Peter mean by this? His point is that the word of prophecy that was given to Israel in ancient times has become "more sure" in the light of subsequent events. We have the word of prophecy itself made more sure. How has it been made more sure? By its fulfillment.

It has been established, substantiated, proven, demonstrated, confirmed, verified. God always keeps His promises – and He keeps His promises in, and through, and because of, Jesus Christ. Christ himself is "the prophetic word made more sure." He is the prophetic word substantiated and proven.

In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul puts it this way: "All the promises of God in Christ are 'Yes,' and in Him, 'Amen'." In the Old Testament are the promises concerning Christ. There we find the "Yes," God's affirmative ─ This is what I am going to do. In the actual person and work of Jesus Christ we have the answer, the "Amen" – the substantiation and the fulfillment of everything God promised through His Old Testament prophets.

God keeps His promises. Every one, in every detail, without exception, nothing left out, no loose ends, nothing left in doubt. God has proved that His promises are true. Everything that God has ever promised is being fulfilled. The first coming of Jesus Christ is a great declaration of the immutability of the counsel of God. God's Word is fixed, absolute, and eternal.

God's Promises Are Sure ─ For Now, For the Future

And there is more to come. God is not slack concerning His promise, Peter says. The day of the Lord is coming. Just as surely as God kept every promise about the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep every promise about His Second Coming. And so, Peter says, "We according to His promise, look for New Heavens and a New Earth in which righteousness dwells" ─ the "Golden Chain" of Romans 8:30 brought to its completion in our ultimate glorification.

So dear friend, keep looking up. Jesus is coming again. The fulfilled promises of God in Jesus Christ are the proof that God's Word is the one thing you can always trust.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4)

There are 'exceedingly great and precious promises' in the Word. There are promises to you when you are sick. There are promises to you when you suffer the loss of a loved one. There are promises to the widow. There are promises to the fatherless and the orphan.

There are promises to you when you are in every kind of physical, material, and spiritual need. There are promises to you when you go through the deep waters and the fiery trials of temptations and testings. There are promises to you when you are in such anguish of soul that you do not know what to do or which way to turn. Every conceivable condition, every conceivable situation in which you can ever be, is covered by the sure promises of God.

Lean on God's Promises

And so I urge you, whenever Satan comes at you with his doubts, with his implied lies ─ lean on God's promises. They will demolish Satan's falsehoods. Take them to heart. Make them yours. Prove, in your own life, by walking with Christ in the Spirit, that God always keeps His promises. I know that many who are reading this can testify to that fact, in marvelous ways.

God has given His Word, and you can take Him at His Word. God is all-sufficient. God's total sufficiency rescues us from our total insufficiency. That is the picture of life in Christ.

"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." Thanks be unto God for the One in whom all the promises of God are "Yes" and "Amen" without any shadow of a doubt.

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