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Living in the Promise 3/16/2014
Dear friend,

Peace be unto you today.

In the beginning, God created heaven and earth including all material substances as well as all living things, including us. This account is in the first two chapters of the Bible, in the third chapter mankind's fall into sin is described and in Genesis 3:15 the Promise of redemption is given.


KJV Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

Abraham was called by God out of what is now modern day Iraq, and he is the beginning of the Promise, for through his family line came Jesus the Christ. He believed what God said to him and he lived in the light of the Promise as he lived among sinful people, the Canaanites. He lived in a tent, built altars in order to worship his Lord and in the end died believing in the Promise.

One man became a family, one family became twelves tribes and from those twelve tribes came the nation of Israel. Abraham first worshipped at altars, then the nation worshipped in the moving tabernacle which Moses had been instructed to build according to the specs that God gave to him, until the the time of the fixed temple was built by Solomon.

People have always lived in the light of the Promise, looking for the fulfillment of the prophecies which pointed to the Promise, Jesus Christ in the OT and in the fulfillment in the New Testament.

Are we living in the Promise of God in Christ Jesus?

What is the Promise?
KJV Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

KJV John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. {he is: or, let him be}
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.


The Promise, note that it with a capital P, which means that the Promise of the OT and the finished work of Jesus Christ in the NT are one and the same. The Promise has always been Jesus Christ and His sacrificial and atoning work on the cross through which God has taken away our sin, placing it on His Son. We are called to believe that message of forgiveness as spoken by God Himself to us through the preaching of Christ and His finished work.

The verses placed up above clearly indicate that God has made atonement for our sin and through believing that message of forgiveness personally we are freed from the guilt of sin.

The two references from 2 Corinthians and from Romans address what is commonly called the Great Exchange: He takes our sins away and grants unto us righteousness. It is entirely His work alone through which our sin is taken away and it is also entirely His work alone by which we are gifted with His righteousness. This is very important to understand, in that there are like two countings going on.. In this case, we have in our account the guilt of our sin. God takes away the counting against us because of our sin by putting it on His Son and then He gives unto us His Son's righteousness through giving unto us the ability to believe that we are righteous.

So there is dual imputation, or we might say, a deimputation and an imputation. Or a decounting and a counting. The removal from our account our guilt of sin and the placing into our account the righteousness of faith.

That is what the Promise is all about.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?


Hebrews 11: 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.


Abraham lived in the Promise...........................even if he did not know where he was going in this life. He trusted and followed God in the pathway that he was led into. Not without sin and error, but he followed God's way, sometimes being corrected and redirected, but he lived in the Promise of the forgiveness of sins.

My dear reader, let us think about this Promise for a minute as we close this meditation. It has been said that one can know God's heart through the one verse that most people have memorized or have knowledge of:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. There is the Promise again. What God has done for us through Christ.

Last night I met a young man who is a new believer in Christ. As we talked together he told me that he had never read the Bible aloud until yesterday when he was asked to read the first chapter of the gospel of John to a dying man. He shared with me that he had not read very many verses when began to cry so much to the point that he had to excuse himself in order to regain his composure. He told me that just hearing the Word of God read by himself had opened up much emotion as the result of hearing the Word read. He shared with me that he wants to learn what real love is from God.

He is longing to hear the voice of the Spirit that takes of Christ and reveals the love of God in Christ Jesus to him. It is a voice that speaks of love, of compassion and of forgiveness of sins to all who receive Him.

I told the young man who was like a sponge soaking up water, or a thirsty runner drinking after running a marathon, that the sweetest words that anyone can ever hear are: Your sins are forgiven... I encourage you today, dear friend, to believe that message of joy and release also. God has taken your sin away and desires that you believe that which He has given to you: His perfect righteousness.

Living in the Promise with you,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 16 Mar 2014 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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