Deb brings up a great questions about God’s promises:
God’s promises: When He has made a promise to a person or people, are we out of line to claim it for ourselves?
I love this question.
So let me rephrase it: Are all God’s promises for all God’s people?
Clearly that is a stretch. For instance – Sarah was promised a child, but I am pretty sure that if some other woman got up close they could not claim Sarah’s child. In fact Hagar tried (ok – I know the whole thing was Sarah’s idea) but in effect they tried to transfer the child of promise over to Hagar and that did not turn out so well.
Now, let’s talk about some of God’s promises to Israel? Are God’s promises to Israel transferable to the Church?
For example is the promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 valid for the Church today?
If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
I thought I would include the conditions with this from verse 13.
First of all, I believe that it is really good for God’s people (Christians or Jews) humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from wickedness, He will hear, and forgive, and heal their land.
But I also recognize this is a little out of context.
Is God judging today? Is He lifting His hand of blessing?
Or is this true?
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. ~ 1 Corinthians 5:18-19
I guess I wonder if God can both judge unbelievers at the same time He is not counting their trespasses against them?
Now I do count the New Testament promises as for me, you know, the ones Jesus (you know I love the red letters) made – like:
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. ~ John 14:12-14
That one is mine, but I am willing to share with you if you like.
I do have a couple other verses to toss in this discussion mix:
For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:20
...seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4* For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. ~ 2 Peter 1:3-4
Oh - one more thing just for the record Israel or "My People" does not necessarily mean The USA
You may ask – Ben, why aren’t you walking in the same power Jesus did? Well – I can tell you for sure the problem is not at His end.
Will you ponder this with me? What do you think about any of this?
See you again soon.