BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
J. Stephen Lang
-- Loving and obeying God will not necessarily make us rich,
handsome, or successful -- not by this world's standards, anyway.
In fact, the Bible actually promises that we will have to endure
some scorn for holding fast to God.
How could it be otherwise? The
world hates nonconformists, so they can't help but sneer at people
who believe that the next life is so good that the present life
can't begin to compare with it.
Too bad we often neglect this belief. The Bible certainly doesn't.
You will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your godly
one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting
me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you
"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the
earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I
will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with
my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!"
"Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives
new life from heaven.
"All who believe in God's Son have eternal life. Those who don't
obey the Son will never experience eternal life, but the wrath
of God remains upon them."
John 3:6, 36
"This is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of
all those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal
life at the last day. For it is my Father's will that all who
see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life -- that
I should raise them at the last day."
"I assure you, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!"
If we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most
miserable people in the world.
But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He
has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised
to life again.
So you see, just as death came into the world through a man,
Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another
man, Christ. Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam,
the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man,
will be given new life.
1 Corinthians 15:19-22
The wages of sin is death, but the great gift of God is eternal
life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life
to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.
Let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not
all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. It will happen
in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet
is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have
died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are
living will be transformed so that we will never die. For our
perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies
that will never die.
When this happens -- when our perishable earthly bodies have
been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die -- then
at last the Scriptures will come true: "Death is swallowed up
in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is
1 Corinthians 15:51-54
So dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really
are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will
never stumble or fall away. And God will open wide the gates of
heaven for you to enter into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:10-11
I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, "Look, the home
of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they
will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will remove
all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow
or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever."
And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making all
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.
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