Our Assurance from God’s Promises

All too often, we Christians want to complicate Christianity. We come up with rules we think must govern what it means to be a Christian. We make up rituals and rites and all manner of complication that have nothing to do with the Christian life.

It is our purpose in this series to cut through all the rituals and rules and expose the true essence of Christianity. Hopefully, by the time this series is complete, everyone reading it will see how truly simple Christianity is.

If you have not read the earlier posts on this subject, find the “Categories” list in the right-hand column of this page and click on “Christianity 101.” This will pull up all the previous posts so you can read through them in order.

Going through all the covenants we’ve looked at the past couple of months may seem a bit tedious to some, but there’s method in my madness. To recap, the Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Palestinian and Davidic covenants all gave God’s people great promises that still apply today. Understanding these promises should give us hope—or even better, assurance.

The Mosaic Covenant, unlike the others, was given to show us our hopelessness when left to our own devices. Commonly known as the law, it demanded a level of obedience no man could live up to. Our failure to be able to live up to the letter of the law showed us that the law was incapable of saving us. Our only hope for salvation was for God to do all the work Himself, which is exactly what He promised under the New Covenant.

All of these covenants, taken together, should provide today’s Christians an unshakable faith and confidence that God not only loves us but is also willing and able to provide for our salvation. Understanding these things leaves little room for doubt.

In sessions two and three of this series, we discovered who we are (beings created in the image of God and after His likeness) and why we’re here (because God wanted to fellowship with us). We also discussed the fact that God knew when He created us that we would fall into sin and be separated from Him, but He created us anyhow. He knew from before the foundation of the world how He would go about redeeming us so we could be His family and share in His fellowship.

Next week, we’ll take a close look at God’s plan for this redemption. Meanwhile, take a look at the first chapter of the Gospel of John—particularly verses 1-3 and verse 14. Give some serious thought to these verses, as they hold the key to God’s plan to redeem His people.

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If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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4 Responses to Our Assurance from God’s Promises

  1. Carole McKee says:

    David, Isn’t Christianity Loving, caring, giving, and sharing, and then believing and trusting in God? Giving your heart to Jesus, and loving mankind? Sort of like holding hands with Jesus and then reaching out to those around you with the other hand? This is how I try to live my life.

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    • Carole, those things are all evidence of Christianity. We tend to complicate it when we strive to love or strive to care or whatever. If we keep ourselves and our egos out of the way, the Holy Spirit molds those things into our nature so that we just naturally love, care, worship, etc.

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  2. Sharon Walker says:

    I’m especially looking forward to your next blog on the biblical covenants.

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