The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Not only were God's promises fulfilled through the Lord Jesus Christ. They were made to Him.
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ" (Galatians 3:16).
Had God's promises been made only to Abraham, they never could have come to fruition. The narrative of Abraham's life indicates "a man subject to like passions as we are" (James 5:16). God's covenants, particularly the administration of His saving grace in Christ, require a far more faithful consignatory than any human being born of Adam's race could begin to fulfill. The Lord's standard - "His way is perfect" - would not allow for anything less than one perfectly aligned with His character, nature, and way as the cosigner of any agreement (II Samuel 22:31). The Lord Jesus alone serves this holy purpose, having become human to represent humanity, and having lived a sinless earthly lifetime to ensure the successful fulfillment of the Divine/human bond in Him. "All the promises of God in Him are yea" (II Corinthians 1:20).
How "yea" (certain) are the promises of God? The Father made them to His Son. He fulfilled them by His Son. He enacts them through His Son. The Holy Spirit provided a document - the Scriptures - to bear witness to the family nature of the Father and Son's convenantal agreements. Thus, all who enter into spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus by faith become cosignatories with Him, by Him, and through Him. God's promises are therefore as assured to us as the integrity of both the Father's and Son's hearts, the blood shed by the Lord Jesus to make possible a righteous covenant, and the Holy Spirit's revelation of an eternal pact that cannot fail, and will never be violated. "The Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35).
If ever, in a discouraged moment, we consider ourselves to be unworthy of God and His promises, we do well to acknowledge that such a notion is absolutely the case. In that same moment, however, we do well to remember and affirm the One completely worthy of all that God has prepared for those who trust Him. The Lord Jesus is Abraham's "seed" to whom God made His promises. United to Him by grace, God's assurances are no less ours than His. Our Lord's righteous worthiness suffices not only for Himself, but for us also. The realization goes far in helping us to more consistently believe promises - made to Christ the Consignatory - that cannot and will not be broken.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."
Weekly Memory Verse
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God."
(II Corinthians 3:5)