Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's unbelievable

"And they shall be My people, and I will be their God; and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good, and for the good of their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. And I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul." ~ Jeremiah 32:38-41

These are New Covenant words. These are words for chosen people. These are words for the True Israel, the Church (Galatians 6:16). These are promises that find their "yes and amen" in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20). 

Finally, these are words that apply to you today, right now, if you are in Christ.

Four things are promised here from the One whose promises never fail:

1. God will be our God - what does this mean for you? It means that if you are in Christ, that God is for you in whatever situation you find yourself today, as in, right now. He is your God and you are His precious son or daughter. He is ensuring and has assured that that relationship will never end.

2. God will change our hearts so that we will love and fear Him and always follow Him for our good - what does this mean for you?  It means that if you are in Christ that right now God is sustaining you by His grace and filling you with the faith that you need to follow Him to the end and into glory with Him forever. We are working out our salvation with the love and fear of God, but He is the one who is working in us so that we desire what is pleasing to Him (Philippians 2:12-13). He has promised to complete that work (Philippians 1:6).

3. God will make a new covenant with us and He will never turn away from us - what does this mean for you?  It means that if you are in Christ that God, who is faithful to His promises, will never turn away from you, He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). This covenant is based on the all-sufficient merit and blood and resurrection of Christ. It is an eternal covenant. In order for God to turn away from us He would have to completely undo the entire work of the Cross. Fat chance.

4. God will rejoice over us with all of His heart and all of His soul what does this mean for you? It means that if you are in Christ you can find great comfort in knowing that God rejoices over you (!!!) and that He is planting you firmly in the good soil of His salvation in Christ with everything that He has, all of His heart and soul! These are mind-blowing words that are hard to comprehend when we think of who we are and who God is. But God's heart is for us and it is infinite! What can possibly compare to that? 

God is our God, He is for us for good, He will never turn away from us and He has supplied all that is necessary to ensure that we will never turn away from Him. 

On top of all that, He rejoices over us (Zephaniah 3:17) with all of His heart and soul! 

Unbelievable? Is sure seems that way, right? 

But it's true. 

Believe it.

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