Word of the Month

Promises

May 2003

Marvellous things are written in the book of promises, the Holy Scriptures. The greatest is and remains Jesus' promise that He will come again to take His own unto Himself in glory. The Lord also promised to send a Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and to be with His own even until the end of the world.

Apostle Peter, in his second letter, affirmed that through the power of God "exceedingly great and precious promises" have been given us; they are animated in us through the efficacy of God's word and His grace, and through the power inherent in the Holy Communion, so that any child of God - according to Peter - "may be partakers of the divine nature". (cf. 2 Peter 1:4).

Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you" (cf. Matthew 7:7), constitute a divine promise of which we can make great use in our prayers. The deciding factor is what we seek: namely God's will, His help, and grace. When we knock at His heart's door we have the possibility to tell Him everything that moves us. He will grant us what contributes to the ripening and worthiness of our souls. What more could we expect from the omnipotence and love of God than that He leads us into glory?!

When we hear that Christ will come to complete His work great joy is unleashed within us. On the day of the Lord, all our faith will become sight: this too is a promise that will be fulfilled.

The book of promises still contains other indications about divine laws which are well worth taking to heart: offering generates blessing, God grants grace to the humble, following leads to the goal, the pure in heart will see God.

If all these beautiful promises remain alive within us, then the words cited by Apostle Peter will be fulfilled: we will be partakers of the divine nature. It must develop and mature within us, because when Jesus returns we will need to have become like Him.

What constitutes the divine nature? Above all, light and life, truth and clarity, joy and peace, blessing, comfort, protection. All these elements are our portion if we accept His word and grace, the means of salvation of the church of Christ, and act accordingly. Let us manifest the divine nature in us by loving our neighbour, by forgiving as God forgives, and granting grace as God grants grace. Let us adorn our souls with the gifts of heaven by not only seeing what is before our eyes, but rather by looking far into the future in firm faith, bearing in mind the promises, which, when they are fulfilled, will bring us eternal fellowship with God and His Son.

(From a service by the Chief Apostle)

 

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