“As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us” (2 Corinthians 1:18-22 NLT)
Ultimate-“of the greatest or highest degree or quantity”.
If you would, if you could, try and remember all the promises God has EVER made to ANYONE at ANYTIME. How about one or two? Such as the Promise God gave to Noah. He promised that He would never again destroy the earth by flood. “As long as the earth remains, there will always be “seed time and harvest…” (Gen.8) Or how about the word He spoke to Abram (Gen.12) saying, “I will bless them that bless you and curse them who curse you.”
There’s something about the promises of God we must understand. If it is a promise, it is as good as done. Whether or not you or I see it fulfilled.
Okay, let’s try another one. If you would, if you could, try and remember EVERY PROMISE God EVER made to you. Alright, one or two. How about, “believe on The Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.” Or, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, a Christian, they are a new creation; old things passed away, all things are new.”
Again, let’s talk about the promises of God, including ones we may have a hard time “seeing”.
Have you noticed we don’t have a hard time believing the promises we can understand? Or, if we can somehow have a backup plan, just in case the promise doesn’t work, we don’t seem to get so worked up trying to “believe.”
I know I haven’t always trusted the promise He’s made to me. I haven’t always understood how He could possibly keep His promise for my predicament.
But the passage in 2 Corinthians is a good one to grab hold of. It says to me that there is only ONE PROMISE that I need to believe and remember. Only ONE PROMISE that I must declare above all the rest! “For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!””
The ONE PROMISE is God’s Ultimate “YES!”. Jesus Christ. Whatever the need, whatever the situation, Christ! He is the “YES” for each and every promise. He is the “YES”, whether I can figure Him out, or my situation out.
The Lord did not make believing Him a hard thing, though at times it appears to be. I think it’s because we get our eyes, our reasonings; all of our senses, onto the things happening around us. But God’s ultimate “yes” made it so there’s only ONE PROMISE we must keep our eyes on…yes, I’ll say it again, Jesus.
“Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith…”
We can do this! The ULTIMATE “YES!” says we can.
Say Amen, somebody!