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“Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”

 

which He promised

A promise is something God announces that He is going to do for us before He does it.  It is an open and emphatic statement of a commitment to us.  How can we diminish those who are headed for an eternal kingdom and will fall heir to a commitment of God to give them His kingdom?  The more we claim God’s promises the more we can see His faithfulness.

to those who love Him?

God’s promises are exclusively for “those who love Him,” that is, for those who receive eternal life through His Son.  God has a special disposition toward the elect poor because they are in His family.

Pr 8:17  “I love those who love me,

            And those who seek me diligently will find me.”

1 Co 2:9 “But as it is written:

            ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

            Nor have entered into the heart of man

            The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”

1 Co 16:22 “If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!”

PRINCIPLE:

Those who take God at His Word and claim His promises honor His Word.

APPLICATION: 

It is the responsibility of Christians to claim the commitment God has toward us.  We can draw on God’s bank account by faith.  We cannot always count on man’s promises but we can always count on God’s promises.

Nu 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,

            Nor a son of man, that He should repent.

            Has He said, and will He not do?

Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

2 Co 1:20 “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

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