ETERNAL LIFE AS A PROMISE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (3)

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” – Titus 1:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s promise to the people in the Old Testament in promissory note is God’s promise to us in its fulfilled state.

In the Old Testament books of the bible, we have prophecies and promises about Christ and what God will do in Christ. Hence, the Old Testament can be referred to as a book of prophecies and promises concerning Christ and God’s plan in him. So, when we turn to the Old Testament books of the bible, we are turning to the promises of God. When we turn to the New Testament, we are turning to the fulfilled promise. The weight of the word “promise” implies that once it is received, it cannot be undone or nullified; it cannot be reversed. Apostle John in the same tone as Titus above echoes “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (1John 2:25). Again, this supports the fact that eternal life was a promise in the Old Testament books of the bible. Titus says that eternal life was promised before the world began; meaning, eternal life was God’s plan that preceded the beginning, and in the very heart of the book of the beginning (Genesis); we have the promise of eternal life.

  • Eternal life will not be a reaction but a proaction.
  • Eternal life will not be an after-thought of God; eternal life will be God’s plan, intent and purpose in Christ.
  • Eternal life will not be God’s plan B after Adam sinned, but God’s plan before Adam ever thought of sinning.

God’s promise of eternal life and all of the promises of God in the Old Testament will be confirmed or fulfilled in Christ. That’s why Paul will say in 2Corinthians 1:18-20 “But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”. The word “yea” used in the above text is a strong affirmation in the Greek Lexicon. In other words, God’s promises are affirmed and confirmed in Christ. Hence, he then uses the word “Amen” which is one of the offices of Jesus. Jesus who is the “amen” is the one that brings the great promises of God to pass. Meaning, the promises of God answers to Jesus; they find their confirmation or fulfillment in Christ. So, the promise of eternal life in Christ is God’s fulfilled promise in me. I therefore live in the fulfilled promises of God; I don’t look forward to his promises to be fulfilled. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: You have the fulfilled promise. Acknowledge this.

CONFESSION: I don’t look forward to the promises of God to be fulfilled in my life. I live in the fulfilled promise of God now.

QUOTE: Believers are the product of the fulfilled promise.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: