With every passing new year, Christians in the millions cling on to a promise or promises from the Bible, and ever so desperately if they happen to be facing adversity. These promises of a great future, prosperity, health and so on are relevant except that these promises, verses, need to be understood and applied in the context of the biblical narrative, and also in tandem with other scriptural truths, else one can be guilty of having a lopsided view of God and life.
Let say for example, if one were to get a verse on abundance, he must see it through the filter of another verse in the Bible, the verse in this case being Luke 12:15, which qualifies biblical abundance, this is what the verse says, “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth”, and verse 21 of the same chapter, “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”.
Another may get a verse on strengthening or “being a conqueror” which of course wouldn’t make sense if one were not to understand that the greatest strengthening/conquering if there is, is the strengthening of the human spirit when faced with tribulation because of the Word of God. To be a conqueror is to be strengthened with God’s great power in the midst of persecution. Every other conquering pales in comparison to the conquering of the human spirit, Proverbs 25:28 says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls”. Conquering is the prerogative of the child of God, it is God’s great gift for man. He doesn’t strengthen us with fifty or seventy-five per cent of His might, but with all might according to His glorious power, read Col 1;11: “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”
Finally, promises of all kinds are given for just one purpose:
- To escape the corruption that is in the world by being a partaker of the divine nature.
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Grace and peace be multiplied to all of you in 2019 through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Vinod Joy, Jan 3, 2019