Word of the Month

God keeps His word

September 2009

Jacob was a blessed man. But because he had cheated his brother, he had to leave home and run for his life. On the way to his uncle in Haran, Jacob had a dream in which the Lord appeared to him. Jacob saw a ladder whose top reached to heaven. Angels were going up and coming down on it. At the top stood the Lord, who said to Jacob: “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go” (Genesis 28: 15). This divine promise is also valid for our time. God is always with those who fear Him. Let us continue to fear God, look up to Him, and adore Him, for then He will be with us and keep us. There is one thing we must do however, and that to remain faithful.

The Lord went on to tell Jacob: “[I] will bring you back to this land.” This too can be carried over into our time: the Lord wants to lead us into his kingdom of glory. He has prepared a place for us in heaven. Jesus already told His disciples that He was going to go and prepare a place for them (cf. John 14: 2, 3). If we fear God and remain faithful, he will lead us into His glory where we will all be united. But if we leave the path of faith and choose to go our own way, God can do nothing for us. He will not force anyone. All He does is make us His offer. Toward the end of Jacob’s dream we read: “For I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” In other words: God promised Jacob that He would keep His word. I will now list some of the wonderful promises of God.

“Ask, and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7). This promise, a divine promise, was given by the Lord Jesus. Another promise given by the Lord reads as follows: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). But in order for this to happen, we must also do our part. These promises were not given to just anyone. In order that they could be fulfilled, certain conditions had to be met. It is no different today. If we first seek the kingdom of God and not natural things, if the kingdom of God is central to our lives, then God will bless us.

On another occasion the Lord Jesus promised: “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10: 32). Let us confess our faith. Let us tell others that we are children of God, that we are New Apostolic Christians who have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. Then we can be sure that Jesus will confess us before His heavenly Father. This means He will accept us on the day of His return.

Jesus also promised: “If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honour” (John 12: 26). If we serve and help along in the work of God, be it by participating in the choir, helping with other tasks in the congregation, or ministering at the altar, the Lord will give us a special blessing: He will honour us.

Let me underline once more: God keeps His promises. Let us do our part.         

(From a divine service by the Chief Apostle)